Colorado OKs electric car requirement to fight air pollution

Colorado tightened its air quality regulations on Friday, requiring that at least 5% of the vehicles sold in the state by 2023 emit zero pollution.

The state Air Quality Control Commission, which passed the rule on an 8-1 vote, said the requirement applies to auto manufacturers, not buyers. It's intended to boost the number of electric vehicles in a state struggling to control in its most heavily populated area.

The minimum rises to 6.23% in 2025.

Colorado is the 11th state to adopt zero-emission standards, according to Green Car Reports, which tracks developments in low-pollution vehicles.

Two auto industry groups, Global Automakers and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, applauded the rule. They said they had been working with Colorado officials on how to structure the requirement.

John Bozzella, president of Global Automakers, said Colorado had adopted an innovative policy by collaborating with manufacturers.

Environmental groups also welcomed the standards, but the Colorado Freedom to Drive Coalition called them costly and ineffective.

"We believe commissioners did a disservice to all Coloradans, but especially Coloradans of modest means," coalition spokeswoman Sara Almerri said.

Regulators said the zero-emission standard is aimed at reducing and , which contribute to .

Democratic Gov. Jared Polis directed the Air Quality Control Commission to set a zero-emissions standard shortly after he took office in January. In a statement Friday, he said the new rule was "only the beginning" of the state's work to reduce air pollution.

Excessive ground-level ozone has plagued Colorado's for years. Ozone is the main component of smog and can aggravate asthma and contribute to early deaths from respiratory disease. It's created from pollution emitted by vehicles, the oil and gas industry and other sources.

Ozone alerts have frequently flashed on signs over Denver freeways this summer, asking drivers to reduce car trips.

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Denver and the northern Colorado urban corridor failed to meet federal ozone standards and said the state must come up with a new plan to clean up the air.

The state is also rewriting air pollution rules for the oil and gas industry.


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Aug 17, 2019
good and smart. colorado generates most of its electricity from coal, followed by natural gas. pollution's pollution you bone headed politicians.

Aug 17, 2019
Actually, most of the electricity in Colorado is produced by not-coal: see the electricity tab at https://www.eia.g...?sid=CO. Coal is the largest single source of energy for electricity, but the minority fuel when it comes to proportion of electricity generated.

This forward-thinking regulation anticipates where Colorado's energy production is headed with wind and natural gas. Replacing ICE cars with electric cars moves chemical and physical pollution out of cities into single point sources, which can be more cost effectively scrubbed.

Aug 17, 2019
@retro, I found that but didn't probe deep enough.

Good job. You should link to the most important page:https://www.eia.g...O#tabs-4

Electricity production, gas + renewables: 2,250 GWh
Coal: 1,750 GWh

Simple as that.

@shootie is just lying again.

Aug 17, 2019
It wouldn't matter if coal was currently used to produce the most electricity. The nice thing about electric cars is that they can use electricity from any source. So as the state moves to less polluting sources, you automatically get the benefit of less pollution from transportation.

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