Zero Emission Vehicle Mandate Proposal

Update (May 10, 2019): 
The Colorado Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) voted 9-0 to hold a hearing on whether to adopt a proposed Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Rule. Additional information on this process is available through the AQCC website.
The Alliance of Auto Manufacturers (AAM) is also negotiating with the State of Colorado about a tentative agreement to bring more electric vehicles to Colorado sooner. The State of Colorado will explore this proposal in parallel with this ZEV rulemaking process, which will continue to proceed on an independent path. Additional information will be available as it becomes public through this page, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Colorado Energy Office (CEO).
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 Regulation 20 - The Colorado Low Emission Automobile Regulation (CLEAR) - 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 both Low and Zero Emission Vehicle Rules at the AQCC meeting on August 16, 2018. 
The AQCC requested that a proposed ZEV rule be presented for its consideration. If adopted, such a Proposed Rule would require an increasing percentage of all light-duty motor vehicles sold in Colorado to be Zero Emission Vehicles. 
On January 17, 2019, Governor Polis signed Executive Order B 2019 002, Supporting a Transition to Zero Emission Vehicles, which includes the following directives:  
  • CDPHE shall develop a rule to establish a ZEV program, and propose it to the AQCC by May 2019, for possible adoption by October 30, 2019. 
  • CDPHE shall also revise its Beneficiary Mitigation Plan to allocate funds remaining from the Volkswagen settlement to the electrification of buses, trucks, and other vehicles. 
  • A new Transportation Electrification Workgroup will draw representatives from CDPHE, CDOT, the Colorado Energy Office, and several other state agencies. 
  • CDOT shall develop a Zero Emission Vehicle and Clean Transportation Plan to support widespread ZEV adoption. 
Stakeholder process
The Air Pollution Control Division (APCD) has provided 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 held the following stakeholder meetings to seek distinct and quantitative fiscal, economic, and other impacts of a ZEV rule taking effect in Colorado: 
APCD will present this rule and a Request for Hearing to the AQCC on Friday, May 10. 

Please check this page regularly for updates.
Those who cannot attend meetings in person can provide written feedback here

Air Quality Control Commission

The Colorado Air Quality Control Commission will consider a Request for Hearing on a Colorado ZEV Rule at 9:00 a.m. Friday, May 10, 2019, at CDPHE in Glendale. The commission will also accept public comment before deciding whether or not to schedule a Rulemaking. If they set the matter for a Rulemaking Hearing, interested persons may petition the commission to become a party to the rulemaking.
Please Note: comments received prior to the official notice of rulemaking will be considered "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 following the Request for Hearing.