#Colorado Electric Vehicle Plan 2020 #ActOnClimate #KeepItInTheGround

Click here to read the report. Here’s the Executive Summary:

In 2018, Colorado released its first electric vehicle (EV) plan,1 setting forth goals, actions and strategies to develop EV fast-charging corridors across the state and establishing a target of 940,000 EVs by 2030. The state has seen significant achievements in the two years since the plan’s release, including:

  • Award of a contract to ChargePoint for the build-out of EV fast-charging stations at 33 sites along Colorado’s major transportation corridors;
  • State investment to install 351 EV chargers across Colorado;
  • Adoption of a zero emission vehicle (ZEV) standard in August 2019 with the support of the auto manufacturing industry;
  • Dedication of all remaining state Volkswagen diesel settlement funds to ZEV charging infrastructure and zero emission buses, shuttles and trucks including first round grant awards totaling $13.9 million to six transit agencies for 23 battery electric buses and supporting infrastructure— with a second round of awards to be announced in spring 2020; and
  • More than doubling the number of EVs registered in Colorado from 11,238 in August 2017 to over 24,000 in June 2019.
  • Despite these achievements, more needs to be done. Environmental impacts from the transportation sector— and the resulting health and economic consequences— are a major concern. Greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles will soon be the top source of emissions in Colorado and a significant portion of the state is classified as an ozone non-attainment area by the US Environmental Protection Agency. Transportation is one of the two largest sources of ozone precursors along with oil and gas production, and reducing transportation emissions is a critical strategy to meet federal health-based air quality standards.

    The vision for the Colorado Electric Vehicle Plan 2020 is: Large-scale transition of Colorado’s transportation system to zero emission vehicles, with a long-term goal of 100% of light-duty vehicles being electric and 100% of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles being zero emission.

    This will be accomplished by taking actions to meet five goals:

  • Increasing the number of light-duty EVs to 940,000 by 2030;
  • Developing plans for transitioning medium-duty (MDV), heavy-duty (HDV) and transit vehicles to ZEVs;
  • Developing an EV infrastructure goal by undertaking a gap analysis to identify the type and number of charging stations needed across the state to meet 2030 light-duty vehicle (LDV), MDV and HDV goals;
  • State government agencies meeting directives and goals related to EVs from the updated Greening State Government Executive Order; and
  • Developing a roadmap to full electrification of the light-duty vehicle fleet in Colorado
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