Zero Emission Vehicle Mandate Proposal
On June 19, 2018, Governor Hickenlooper signed Executive Order B 2018 006, Maintaining Progress on Clean Vehicles. It directs the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) to consider a proposed rule adopting a California Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) Standard. The AQCC passed this standard on November 16, 2018.
This executive order did not direct CDPHE to propose a Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) program, or to mandate the sale of electric vehicles. There was extensive public comment, however, in support of Zero Emission Vehicles at the AQCC meeting on August 16, 2018.
The AQCC requested that a proposed rule be presented for its consideration and a future public rulemaking hearing. If adopted, such a Proposed Rule would mandate an increasing percentage of all light-and-medium-duty motor vehicles sold in Colorado to be Zero Emission Vehicles.
The Air Pollution Control Division (APCD) is exploring approaches to a proposed rule that would impose sales quotas on vehicle manufacturers, thus increasing the percentage of zero emission vehicles in Colorado. APCD will provide a forum for those with an economic or professional stake in Colorado’s motor vehicle fleet mix, particularly those who would be affected by an increase in zero emission vehicle sales.
APCD is holding stakeholder meetings to seek distinct and quantitative fiscal, economic, and other impacts of a ZEV mandate taking effect in Colorado:
APCD will hold additional stakeholder meetings before presenting a Proposed Rule to the AQCC. Please check this page for updates.
Those who cannot attend meetings in person can provide written feedback here.
AQCC Monthly Meeting
The Colorado Air Quality Control Commission appreciates your interest in their consideration of Zero Emission Vehicle mandate for Colorado. Please note that comments received prior to the official notice of rulemaking will be considered as "general public comment" and will not be included in the hearing record. In order to be included in the record, comments must be submitted during the noticed public comment period. Please stay tuned for further instructions.
AQCC Rulemaking Hearing
The AQCC Executive Committee has rescheduled the Request for Hearing to consider a ZEV mandate proposal from December 2018 to May 2019. This will allow for additional information gathering, stakeholder engagement, and preparation of a Proposed Rule and economic impact analysis. The ZEV Request for Hearing was the only issue on the December meeting schedule, so there will be no AQCC meeting in December.
AQCC anticipates that it will consider a Request for Hearing at its monthly meeting on May 10, 2019, and will also accept public comment before deciding whether or not to schedule a rulemaking hearing to consider a Proposed Rule. Should the AQCC grant a Request for Hearing and set the matter for a Public Rulemaking hearing, interested persons may petition the AQCC to become a party to the rulemaking.
Doug Decker, Mobile Sources Program Manager