January 17, 2019

Governor Polis Points Colorado to a Clean-Transportation Future with New Executive Order

Statement by Michelle Robinson, Union of Concerned Scientists

WASHINGTON (January 17, 2019)—In his first executive order, Colorado Governor Jared Polis has directed state agencies to create a new policy encouraging the adoption of electric vehicles in the state.

Below is a statement by Michelle Robinson, director of the Clean Vehicles Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists.

“By committing to electric vehicles, Colorado is investing in a clean transportation future. We know electric vehicles run cleaner, reducing the pollution that causes climate change—and that advantage is only going to increase as Colorado invests in renewable electricity. We know they’re cheaper to operate and maintain—a driver in the Denver area can save more than $700 a year fueling their car on electricity instead of at the pump. Thanks to Governor Polis, Colorado could join the forward-looking states who are building a strong electric-vehicle market. With smart policies, more Colorado drivers could reap the benefits of electric vehicles.”

Governor Polis’ executive order follows Colorado’s recent decision to adopt strong efficiency and emissions standards for cars and light trucks.

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