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Colorado Electric Vehicle Plan

Colorado Electric Vehicle Plan

Full Title:  Colorado Electric Vehicle Plan
Author(s): Colorado Energy Office, Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, and the Regional Air Quality Council
Publisher(s): The State of Colorado
Publication Date: January 1, 2018
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Description (excerpt):

The State of Colorado is rapidly emerging as a leader in the electric vehicle (EV) market. According to the ZEV Sales Dashboard, as of August 2017 there were 11,238 EVs in Colorado. Over the first eight months of 2017, EV sales were up 73% over the same period in 2016. Battery electric vehicles (BEV) comprised 70% of total EV sales with plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) making up the remainder. Colorado currently ranks 8th in the nation for highest market share1 and seventh for number of EVs per capita. In 2016, The Washington Post named  Colorado the best place in the country to buy a new electric vehicle. In 2015, the Colorado Energy Office’s Colorado EV Market Implementation Study indicated while individual EV owners realized savings from reduced fuel and maintenance costs, early rates of adoption also provided environmental and economic benefits to the state as a whole. A 2017 study prepared by Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) for the City and County of Denver found driving a BEV in the Denver metro area reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 43% compared to a gasoline vehicle.5 In January of 2017, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported for the first time since the late 1970s, U.S. carbon dioxide emissions from the transportation sector exceeded those from the electric power sector.

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