Colorado adopts California zero-emissions vehicle mandate

Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) voted 8-1 to approve the state’s adoption of the zero-emissions vehicle mandate. Colorado became the 10th state to join California’s ZEV program.

According to the state’s Air Pollution Control Division (yes, this is a separate agency from the AQCC), automakers will be required to make ZEVs 4.9% of the cars sold in Colorado in 2023, and this figure will increase to 6.1% by 2030.

Governor Jared Polis pushed for the adoption of the ZEV mandate mainly to address the state’s dismal air quality. The Denver metro area is the 12th most polluted city in the nation, according to the American Lung Association, and has been out of compliance with federal air-quality standards since 2008.

Commissioner Tom Gonzales, the lone anti-adoption vote on the AQCC, said he knows something must be done about air pollution, but he’s concerned that the ZEV policy doesn’t address the impact on auto dealerships. “They get these cars, they hopefully will sell and that’s great. But what if they don’t? That’s where I get concerned…Is this enforceable?”

The Colorado Automobile Dealers Association opposed the measure, citing the issue of consumer choice. Almost 80 percent of vehicles sold in the state this year have been pickups and SUVs. “EVs haven’t made inroads in this category, so options aren’t there for consumers,” said Executive Director Tim Jackson.

Governor Polis addressed the issue of limited EV choices: “In one of my first executive orders as governor, I asked for the Department of Public Health and Environment to increase the choices Coloradans have when it comes to purchasing electric cars by increasing the number of models available in our state, and we got it done within a few short months. It’s only the beginning. Colorado must continue to reduce smog and increase consumer choice.”

In July, major automakers made a deal with the state to allow them to earn credits for EVs sold before the regulation comes into full force in 2023. They can also use a limited number of credits earned in other states. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers hailed the compromise, saying, “We are extremely appreciative that the Polis administration worked with automakers and other stakeholders to find an innovative alternative regulatory proposal that will implement the ZEV program in Colorado.”

“There’s value to compromise and bringing the automakers on board,” said Garry Kaufman, Director of the Air Pollution Control Division. “A lot of the challenges now are how to go to the next step and those are really going to require the automakers’ active participation.”

Source: Colorado Sun, CPR News, Green Car Reports

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Chevrolet unveils photos of new Menlo electric utility vehicle

Western EV fans were exhilarated to read about the upcoming launch of the Chevrolet Menlo – the US and European markets badly need more electric crossover and SUV options. Alas, the excitement quickly turned to disappointment when we learned that, once again, this new EV will be sold only in China.

CarNewsChina describes the Menlo as “a mixture between an MPV, wagon, and crossover,” and reports that it’s based on the same platform as the Buick Velite 6. The Menlo will be built in China by the SAIC-GM joint venture, and will use a locally sourced powertrain, including a 174 hp motor. It’s expected to debut at the Chengdu Auto Show in September.

We know that GM is working on a “utility” version of the Bolt. In October 2017, the company announced an “All-Electric Path to Zero Emissions” that envisioned the launch of 20 new pure EVs by 2023. It also promised to “introduce two new all-electric vehicles based off learnings from the Chevrolet Bolt EV” within the next 18 months, a target date that has, shall we say, slipped by a few months, as Electrek reports (although, to be precise, GM never said that any of the promised EVs would be available in the US).

Electrek also tells us that GM filed for a trademark on the term “Bolt EUV” earlier this year. The tea leaves indicate that the Buick-based Menlo will be the Chinese version of the beefier Bolt, and that GM will produce another version, based on the Bolt platform, for the North American market.

Source: CarNewsChina via Electrek

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