LEV standards regulate the vehicle emissions of pollutants such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter and volatile organic compounds, as well as the emissions of greenhouse gases. The standards are already successfully driving significant pollution reductions in the 13 states that have enacted them.
These thirteen states and the District of Columbia – representing 35% of new vehicles sales in the nation – are seeing the benefits of adopting such standards. In addition to fuel savings and new infrastructure construction, automakers themselves have focused their investments in those states. Colorado needs these investments now. LEV standards will get us there.
Right now, under the federal Clean Air Act, states have the option of adopting a set of Advanced Clean Car Standards, which requires both gasoline and diesel vehicles to reduce emissions through Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) standards and it also encourages greater adoption of electric vehicles through Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) standards.
America’s clean car standards have saved drivers more than $50 billion and counting. Advancements in fuel efficiency—spurred by these clean car standards—are designed to save Americans money. Current clean car standards could save consumers as much as $5,700 per car and $8,200 per truck over the lifetime of their vehicle. Rolling back the standards breaks a promise to the American people, making these savings vanish into thin air.
If Colorado adopts LEV standards, it will join those 13 other states that adopt these standards and we will continue to reap the benefits of cleaner vehicles – even if the federal government weakens the federal standards.
Electric vehicle sales are increasing across the country and consumers are demanding more and more model choices to meet their needs. Adopting a ZEV standard would get these cars to Colorado.
ZEV standards currently exist in 10 states that require increased sales, over a set period of time, of zero emission vehicles. Annual sales requirements in these states are modest at the outset, but increase over time, anticipating that demand will increase as consumers become more familiar with a growing range of continually improving ZEV products.
For Colorado, the ZEV standard would require just over 9% of passenger vehicles sales by 2025 be a plug-in hybrid, battery electric, or fuel cell vehicle. This would be equivalent to an annualized growth in ZEV sales of 20%. Currently, EV sales in Colorado are growing at about 50% per year.
Clean car standards will save Coloradans money on fuel and maintenance, bring consumers a much broader range of vehicle choices, including light trucks, crossovers and SUVs, and will help clear the air, reducing greenhouse gas emissions – what’s not to like?
Clean car standards in Colorado would only include cars, light trucks and SUVs.
It does NOT include farm or ranch implements like tractors or combines; delivery trucks; tractor trailers or other commercial vehicles.
Clean Car standards in Colorado not only saves money and cleans our air – it will also grow our economy. Already, Colorado has 20 companies working in the advanced vehicle industries. But with clean car standards, we can be an innovation leader in the rapid modernization of our transportation infrastructure. We need a larger share of the nearly 300,000 workers in 48 states who are building the components, materials and technology needed to make vehicles more fuel efficient.
Colorado needs clean car standards. Colorado needs a Colorado LEV standard. We can save consumers money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions – all helping to make Colorado’s road to the nation’s cleanest air a shorter ride.
Low emission and zero emission vehicles emit less carbon dioxide and other harmful pollutants than gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles – meaning we breathe in fewer of those toxins that impact Coloradans. More LEV and ZEV vehicles on our roads will lead to healthcare savings across the state and even save lives. Breathing cleaner air is good for all of us.