Energy Efficiency, Energy Procurement, Sourcing Renewables - March 28, 2018
Colorado invests millions in EV charging stations
Colorado air pollution officials finalized a plan to spend a total of $68.7 million on electric and alternative-fuel vehicles as a way to cut car and truck pollution across the state, including $10.3 million specifically for EV charging stations or hydrogen fueling stations.
According to a report by Denver Business Journal, funds will be taken from the state’s share of Volkswagen’s $2.7 billion settlement with the U.S. government over allegations that the company artificially lowered results of pollution tests on its diesel-powered vehicles.
"Our goal has been for Colorado to use this money to make forward-looking, transformative investments to reduce pollution," said Joe Halso, a Denver-based attorney for the Sierra Club, who has been tracking states’ plans to spend the settlement money. Colorado is among the first five states to submit a spending plan to the trust set up by a federal court to oversee the settlement funds. Georgia, Maine, Nebraska, and Nevada have also announced their plans.
Halso noted that the plan is likely to make electric vehicles more attractive to transit agencies, adding that the money "will go a long way to improving the state’s infrastructure."