Colorado will move to become a zero-emissions vehicle state, following California and eight other states in the country. However, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers is working to sway to the state otherwise, Reuters reported Monday.
A ZEV state requires an electric-car quota for automakers to continue selling cars in the state. The rule was first adopted in 1990 in California. Today, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Oregon are all ZEV-mandated states. The regulation often creates what are referred to as “compliance cars.”
Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed an executive order this past January that will make Colorado a new ZEV state. Rules to adopt the standards in the state are scheduled to be revealed this month.
The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which represents automakers such as General Motors, Volkswagen, Ford, and Toyota, reportedly met with Governor Polis to convince him voluntary efforts make more sense, rather than new regulations. Among the voluntary efforts the trade group promised were increased electric-car marketing efforts, a push to inform buyers about a state-wide $5,000 EV rebate, and a commitment to make all electric cars currently sold in California available in Colorado by January 2020. The $5,000 rebate would also be available at the point of sale.
Thus far, the state hasn’t been swayed. It will continue to proceed on an initial hearing for its mandate, but it’s open to other ZEV paths.
The entire ability for states to join California and its regulations remains in limbo after the EPA proposed freezing fuel economy standards at 2020 levels through 2026. States have vowed to fight the Trump administration on the potential regulation change. GM has also thrown its support behind a single, national fuel economy standard that does away with California regulations.