On behalf of the Denver Tesla Club, this is a fantastic step toward making it easier to get around the state without concern of access to EV refueling stations. This is just one small but important piece of the formula to see Governor Polis’ ZEV mandate come to fruition and, more importantly, cleaner air for all Coloradans.
In addition to supporting zero emissions vehicles, this bill also allows owners to freely travel throughout the state supporting the local Colorado economy while their vehicles charge for 30 minutes to 1 hour (or longer). This bill is as much about supporting local business owners as much as EV owners. Most EV refueling stations are installed by private business owners who want to attract EV patrons. This bill reinforces confidence in those business owners who have made that EV refueling station investment on their property.
With more than a handful of EVs now available below $40k, and a total cost of ownership below $30k, this is far from a “1 percenter” bill. This is a bill for the majority Coloradans who make the decision to go with the numerous benefits of the electric drivetrain.
A huge thanks to Senator Priola and Representative Melton for sponsoring the bill - and for Governor Polis for publicly putting his support behind the effort.
There were some highs and low in this legislative process. At one point it appeared that due to the shear volume bills legislators needed to get through before the end of session, the EV charging bill would not get a final vote. EV owner Kamala Vanderkolk not only helped drive the bill but keep the EV community updated every step of the way. A special thanks to Kamala for her passion for the bill.