Electric vehicle sales are set for a big boon in the Rockies as Colorado follows California in promoting a better environment.
One of the best places for EV’s to operate in is in thin air climates like in Colorado. Recently, Volkswagen’s I.D. R Pikes Peak race car took top honors at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb competition, shattering peoples’ thoughts on what an all-electric vehicle could do in that climate.
Now, Colorado is expecting to make an effort to boost electric vehicle sales with an executive order from the governor, John Hickenlooper, joining 13 other states that have enacted Section 177, which borrows California’s rules for air emissions.
According to the Denver Post, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington, Vermont, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, and Delaware are the other states getting in on the statute, and are looking to see electric vehicle sales rise too.
This past January, a comprehensive plan was put into action that focuses on putting a million new model electric cars on the state’s roads by the end of the next decade. This plan for Colorado will not only help electric vehicle car sales, but will put the state on the same path as other states who are modeling California’s Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) program. This encourages cleaner vehicles take to the streets.
Right now, Colorado only has about 287,500 light-vehicles on the road, compared to California at about two million. Granted California outnumbers Colorado citizens by a lot, but there is still room for growth for the latter in plug-in vehicles. Texas is also getting in the EV sales market by bringing back its rebate for EV’s, which gives $2,500 for plug-in hybrids, electric cars or fuel-cell vehicles, like the Volt, Chevrolet Bolt, Toyota Prius Prime, Nissan Leaf or Tesla Model X.