You're likely to see more electric cars on Colorado's roads in the next few years, and that means less smog-causing and climate-changing pollution.

On Aug. 16, Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission voted 8 to 1 in favor of joining California's Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) program. The new policy requires automakers to ensure that an increasing percentage of vehicles offered in-state are electric-powered. The mandate will help reduce ozone pollution and greenhouse gas exhaust in a state where smog-alert days are too common and transportation is expected to account for a quarter of carbon emissions by 2020. CoPIRG backed the vote and delivered petitions favoring the move signed by 6,200 supporters.

In a state that experiences regular “bad-air” days, CoPIRG Director Danny Katz says “Joining the Zero Emission Vehicle program will cut air pollution... and quicken our transition to a cleaner, electric-powered transportation system."

Colorado is the eleventh state to adopt California's ZEV standards.

Read the press release.

Photo: CoPIRG Director Danny Katz (center) stands with supporters of adopting California’s Zero Emission Vehicle program in Colorado. Credit: Staff