Colorado Electric Vehicle Coalition

Coalition Mission and Vision

Electric vehicles (EVs) can provide environmental benefits by reducing vehicle emissions. They can reduce fueling costs for consumers by substituting electricity for gasoline. They can mitigate Colorado’s reliance on imported petroleum. To support these benefits, thought leaders, educators, automobile dealers and manufacturers, state agencies, local governments, nonprofit organizations, utilities, and other stakeholders have collaborated to create the Colorado Electric Vehicle Coalition (CEVC). The CEVC is an organization of stakeholders interested in accelerating the development of the electric vehicle (EV) market in Colorado. The CEVC’s purpose is to improve statewide coordination, disseminate information about stakeholder activities, and take action to promote EV adoption.

The CEVC’s key areas of focus include marketing and outreach, developing policies that address barriersEV charging to EV adoption, and improving accessibility to vehicle charging infrastructure. The CEVC recognizes the importance of technological development and vehicle costs in this nascent market as well.

Marketing and Outreach

The CEVC aims to improve public awareness of electric vehicles through marketing and outreach. A number of CEVC members actively engage in marketing and outreach through various strategies. The CEVC can serve as a venue in which to share successful strategies, coordinate messaging and events among stakeholders, and develop new action plans. The CEVC has created a working group for marketing and outreach to help meet these objectives.

Policy

The CEVC strives to develop a policy climate that facilitates electric vehicle adoption and maximizes the environmental benefits of electrification. Colorado has among the largest tax incentives for EVs in the nation in addition to grant programs for fleets and significant support from automobile dealerships and manufacturers. However, barriers to EV adoption remain. For this reason, the CEVC created a working group to consider barriers to EV adoption and propose solutions. Solutions may include, but are not limited to, legislation and administrative, utility, or regulatory actions. In addition, the working group notifies members of the greater Coalition about legislation, administrative initiatives, utility proceedings, and other policy efforts related to EVs.

Infrastructure

The CEVC explores strategies to improve accessibility to electric vehicle infrastructure. Many stakeholders in Colorado have recognized the importance of EV charging stations. Through Charge Ahead Colorado and other efforts, Colorado has more than doubled the number of public EV charging stations in a two year period with a number of other stations under development. Studies from the U.S. Department of Energy and others suggest that workplace charging and Level 3 fast charging are important to the adoption of EVs. To develop locations for charging that optimize station utilization and promote EV adoption, stakeholders can play important roles in outreach, data, recognition, and funding. The CEVC contains a working group to continue developing EV infrastructure and reducing range anxiety.

Volunteer System

CEVC members may volunteer to participate in working groups and develop action strategies in marketing and outreach, policy, and infrastructure development. The CEVC may not require any member to take specific actions but may recommend strategies. No legal rights or obligations shall be created through CEVC membership.

Informational Clearinghouse

The CEVC also functions as a clearinghouse for information, studies, outreach events, and other EV-related developments among members. Working groups will report back to the Coalition as a whole on progress and accomplishments. Additionally, all Coalition members will have the opportunity to share progress toward Coalition objectives.

Meeting Guidelines

The CEVC meets every other month (February, April, June, August, October, and December) on the fourth Thursday. That schedule may be adjusted as necessary.  Working groups determine their own schedules but should meet at least once between every Coalition meeting.

In the best interests of everyone’s time, we try to adhere strictly to a scheduled agenda. Should anyone like to present at a CEVC meeting, please email Maria Eisemann at maria.eisemann@state.co.us. At the end of each meeting, members have the opportunity to make relevant announcements that were not otherwise covered in the agenda. Members should be respectful towards one another regardless of viewpoint.

EV Studies and Reports

Colorado Electric Vehicle Market Implementation Study
Project FEVER Report
Xcel Electric Vehicle Charging Station Pilot Evaluation Report
National Research Council – Overcoming Barriers to Deployment of Plug-in Electric Vehicles
Plug-In America – The Promotion of Electric Vehicles in the United States
Electrification Coalition Roadmap
Electric Drive Transportation Association
Edison Electric Institute
Rocky Mountain Institute: Project Get Ready