What’s At Stake
Following California will have a negative impact on the Colorado economy, potentially raising gas prices and restricting consumer choice, with taxpayers picking up the bill.
What’s In Play
Governor Hickenlooper has issued an executive order that would require Colorado to adopt California’s burdensome vehicle emission standards program (so-called Cal LEV). Once the governor signs the executive order, the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission will move forward with preparing a new regulation to adopt the standards.
Adoption of Cal LEV could include a mandate to require as much as 15 percent of all vehicles sold in the state be electric cars, often referred to as zero emission vehicles, within the next seven years.
With zero emission vehicle sales accounting for only 1.5 percent of vehicles sold in the state today, such a mandate would set a nearly impossible standard that could have a massive impact on Colorado auto buyers.