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Colorado automakers reach agreement on zeroemissionvehicle mandate

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Our picks for the 11 best EVs in America More From Roadshow 2019 Fiat 500X first drive: New engine, same problems 1 8:35 2019 Audi TT Roadster review: The exit interview More about 2019 Tesla Model S Long Range Comment Tags 34 Photos Share your voice 2016 Chevy Colorado diesel: A 7,700-pound hauler, 30-plus mpg runabout Tesla Model S Long Range pulls further ahead of the EV… Review • 2019 Tesla Model S Long Range review: Familiar, yet oh so much better Enlarge ImageIsn’t it nice when everybody gets along? Art Escobado/Getty Images In January, Colorado announced that it intended to implement California’s zero-emission-vehicle (ZEV) mandate, which would see the state adopting stricter emissions requirements and specific targets for ZEV sales in the hopes of spurring sales of greener vehicles. At least one automaker group attempted to sway the state, but now, it appears all relevant parties have reached a deal.The Association of Global Automakers and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, two OEM lobby groups that represent 99% of US light-duty vehicle sales, announced on Tuesday that the groups have reached a deal with Colorado regarding its future ZEV mandate. Earlier discussions between these parties did not produce anything of substance.The agreement lies in the ramp-up to Colorado’s determination to join California’s ZEV program for the 2023 model year. Automakers who sell electric vehicles in Colorado in the 2021 and 2022 model years will be given credits that can offset ZEV goals for model years 2023 to 2025. This should provide a benefit for automakers who already sell EVs in the state, and it may spur other OEMs to bring their products to Colorado earlier.The parties involved also worked to address a regulatory peculiarity that allows automakers to take ZEV credits earned in California and use them in other states to help meet minimums. According to the Colorado Sun, automakers who take advantage of the early credit-banking system will be allowed to apply out-of-state credits to just 23% of its Colorado-specific goals, while OEMs who wait for the mandate to take effect will see that number rise to 36%.It’s worth noting that nothing is set in stone just yet. Before the deal can be finalized, it has to go through Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission, which will hold its hearing on Aug. 13.California has been allowed to set its own vehicle emissions regulations above and beyond those set by the federal government, due in part to regulations enacted prior to the 1970 Federal Clean Air Act, which were meant to address the state’s smog issues. Section 177 of the Clean Air Act allows other states to join in California’s green crusade, and Colorado is set to become the 11th state to do precisely that. Car Industry Electric Cars Future Carslast_img

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