Colorado Politics (Opinion) | by Apr 8, 2019
The transportation sector is undergoing transformative change, and that’s good news for Coloradans. New vehicles powered by homegrown Colorado electricity are entering the marketplace, providing opportunities to bring more economic development, cleaner air, greater consumer choice, and lower energy costs to our communities. Advances in battery technology are driving more demand for electric buses and heavy trucks than ever before. Over 60 electric vehicle (EV) models are available today and nearly 100 models, including trucks and SUVs, are expected by 2022. Even the country’s most popular truck, the Ford F-150, will soon be able to plug-in and run on electricity.
To make these vehicles — and their benefits — an option for all Coloradans, we need thoughtful planning and collaboration between our state agencies, utilities, and industry participants. SB19-077 lays the foundation for these collaborative efforts, is bi-partisan — being carried in the House by Rep. Chris Hansen — and enjoys support from dozens of local and national businesses and organizations. SB19-077 puts Colorado in the driver’s seat toward a modern, clean and equitable transportation future.