Colorado is accelerating a little faster toward a future with more electric vehicles on the road.

On May 10, the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) voted unanimously to consider the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) standard for the state. If adopted, the ZEV program will be one of the biggest steps Colorado has taken to reduce air pollution, tackle climate change, save consumers money, and increase electric vehicles available at Colorado dealerships.

“Electric vehicles are cheaper to drive and they don't come with tailpipe emissions. Colorado needs to adopt strong electric vehicle standards to protect our health and support Colorado's quality of life,” said Danny Katz, CoPIRG Foundation director.

According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment, the ZEV rule would cut 2.2 million metric tons of greenhouse gasses and save Coloradans an estimated $1.1 billion in fuel and maintenance costs by 2030.

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Photo: CoPIRG Foundation Director Danny Katz advocating for Colorado's transition to electric vehicles. Photo Credit: Staff