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 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) 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 rule taking effect in Colorado: 
Colorado ZEV Stakeholder Meeting 5
Monday, May 6, 2019, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. 
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Room C1E 
710 South Ash Street, Glendale, Colorado 80246 
Please click here to RSVP.
(PLEASE NOTE THE NEW MEETING ROOM;
 previous meetings were held in CDPHE Building A, closest to Cherry Creek Drive South; 
 Building C is two south, on the other edge of the parking lot from Home Depot; 
 the entrance to C1E is at the southeast corner of Building C; 
 CDPHE will provide additional signage and guidance to the new meeting room).

This meeting will also be broadcast live through Adobe Connect.
 
This is an important meeting, as it will be the first time APCD shares its proposed ZEV Rule. 
It will also be the final stakeholder meeting before APCD presents 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
 
APCD may hold additional stakeholder meetings before presenting a Proposed Rule to the AQCC. 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. 
 
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