Colorado DOT to Play Key Role in State EV Plan

The Colorado Electric Vehicle Plan 2020 unveiled on April 23 seeks to transition the state’s transportation system to all-electric and zero emission vehicles – with the Colorado Department of Transportation expected to play a key role in that process.

Issued by the Colorado Energy Office, major long-terms goals within the 32-page plan include: increasing Colorado’s population of light-duty electric vehicles (EVs) to 940,000 by 2030; transition medium-duty, heavy-duty, and transit vehicles to zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs); develop EV recharging infrastructure across the state; task various state government agencies to meet those and other EV-related goals.

To fulfill those goals, the plan calls for the Colorado DOT and other state agencies to work with industry, electric utilities and other stakeholders to establish timelines, identify strategies, and dedicate sufficient resources to develop a “transition plan” for the medium- and heavy-duty vehicle sectors by July 2021.

The Colorado DOT is also expected to help with a similar effort to convert the state’s transit fleet to 100 percent ZEVs no later than 2050, with an interim target of at least 1,000 ZEV transit vehicles by 2030.

The department is also tasked with incorporating electric-powered bicycles or “e-bikes” as part of all future mobility planning initiatives.

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