Zero Emission Vehicles

Electric car charging

More zero emission vehicles—including electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles—on Colorado roads will provide compelling air quality, health and economic benefits across the state. Multiple studies confirm Colorado will see significant economic benefits with higher levels of electric vehicle (EV) adoption including driver savings, downward pressure on electric rates which benefits all ratepayers, and significant reductions in ozone and greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution. Transportation is currently the second largest source of GHG emissions in the state—and as Colorado’s electricity sector decarbonizes, transportation will become the greatest contributor of harmful, climate-altering pollution. Colorado is uniquely positioned to lead the transition to cleaner transportation options that will benefit the state for years to come.

To accelerate the electrification of cars, buses trucks and other vehicles in Colorado—and set a goal of 940,000 electric vehicles on the road by 2030—Governor Jared Polis issued an Executive Order Supporting a Transition to Zero Emission Vehicles in January 2018. 

In August 2019, the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) voted 8-1 to adopt an alternate Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) rule presented jointly by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Colorado Energy Office (CEO) in partnership with the auto industry. Following the ZEV rule adoption, Colorado State agencies, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers jointly issued statements. Colorado is the first state since 2009 to adopt a ZEV rule, and the first state ever to have the support of the auto industry in adopting a ZEV standard,

The Colorado Secretary of State published the ZEV rule in September 2019, and CEO, CDOT, CDPHE and the auto industry co-authored an op/ed Why the zero emission vehicle standard matters—and what it means for Colorado. More information about the ZEV rulemaking process is available via the AQCC. 

A Strong Foundation for EVs in Colorado

Developed in partnership with CEO, Regional Air Quality Council, CDPHE and CDOT, the  Colorado Electric Vehicle Plan was issued in January 2018. The plan sets forth strategies and actions to electrify Colorado’s corridors and ensure the benefits that come with widespread adoption of EVs are achieved. CEO has executed a contract with ChargePoint to build EV fast-charging stations that will be located in communities at 33 sites across six Colorado corridors.

In June 2018, Governor Hickenlooper signed the Executive Order Maintaining Progress on Clean Vehicles, which directed the AQCC to consider a proposed rule adopting a California Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) Standard. The AQCC passed the Colorado Low Emission Automobile Regulation (CLEAR) in November 2018.