Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission voted May 10 to move forward with the rulemaking process for creating a Zero Emission Vehicle, or ZEV, program.
Such a program, endorsed by an executive order from Gov. Jared Polis in January, would require manufacturers to supply dealers with a certain number of electric vehicles.
The commission will hold a rulemaking hearing in August. Should they choose to adopt the new standards, they could go into effect as soon as October.
But the state could go another route: accepting a proposal from the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers to add electric vehicles under a voluntary agreement, rather than by instituting requirements.
Following negotiations, the state could commission an “independent, rigorous evaluation” to examine both options.