Gov. Polis Announces Suite of Electric Vehicle Initiatives

Yesterday Governor Polis announced a suite of policies and initiatives designed to improve the options available for people wanting to buy electric vehicles and to accelerate deployment of electric vehicles and EV charging stations around the state. The Governor’s plans include increasing the proportion of the Volkswagen settlement (from VW’s diesel cheating scandal) directed at electric vehicles and infrastructure, directing several of the major state agencies to coordinate their efforts on EVs, and adopting the so-called Zero Emission Vehicle standards, which the Air Quality Commission is slated to consider later in the year.

CC4CA President and Westminster Mayor Pro Tem Anita Seitz had this to say:

“The Governor today laid out an exciting and forward-leaning vision for electric vehicles in Colorado. Local governments are already leading the way, converting our fleets to EVs and finding installing charging stations. And local governments are thrilled to play a central role in making the Governor’s ambitious statewide vision a reality for every community across the state, from the Western Slope to the Front Range to the Eastern Plains.”

CC4CA President Anita Seitz speaks with a Denver Post reporter.

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Outgoing CC4CA President and Eagle County Commissioner Jill Ryan announces CDPHE’s role in the Governor’s EV initiatives. Commissioner Ryan is slated to become Governor Polis’ new Executive Director of CDPHE.