Colorado sealed one set of green credentials last month by legalizing non-medical marijuana use. Turns out, the Rocky Mountain State is not done making green the most appealing color.

Colorado could attempt to goose plug-in vehicle sales by introducing legislation that would provide financial incentives to homeowner associations that install electric-vehicle charging stations in their communities, the Denver Post says.

State Senator Lucia Guzman and House member Crisanta Duran, both Democrats, say they are researching ways to legally promote plug-in vehicles by way of financially encouraging further infrastructure to be built out, and are in the process of drafting the potential law. Colorado is looking at states such as Hawaii for examples. Hawaii requires that parking lots with 100 or more spaces include at least one space that's reserved for plug-ins.

As of last month, Colorado had about 75 publicly accessible EV-charging stations, or about 1.4 percent of the country's total. By comparison, the state accounts for about 1.7 percent of the country's registered vehicles. Colorado Automobile Dealers Association President Tim Jackson said his group would likely support measures that would support EV sales.


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      Vlad
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      Start with apartment complexes, park-and-ride lots, and office buildings. That's where a car sits for a good amount of time.
        MTN RANGER
        • 2 Days Ago
        @Vlad
        Yes, apartment/condo complexes are notoriously difficult to get EVSEs installed (or even to use an outlet).
      Spec
      • 2 Days Ago
      How did Colorado become so progressive? Big EV incentive, legal marijuana, now more incentives for EVs? Aren't the religious conservatives in Colorado Springs going nuts? Or are they too busy with apocalyptic nonsense?
        2 wheeled menace
        • 2 Days Ago
        @Spec
        Colorado actually isn't all that progressive, but they do love to toke like mad out there. Yes, the religious conservatives in Colorado Springs, CO are going insane, as we are inbetween apocalypses and they have nothing else to focus on :)
        Spiffster
        • 2 Days Ago
        @Spec
        "Big EV incentive, legal marijuana, now more incentives for EVs?" The latest changes target them towards the rich, once again. Remember the $33k rebate for Tesla Roadsters? The rebate isnt that big, BUT you presumably will get the full 6k rebate for the model S and Roadster while Volt owners get the shaft. As far as the marijuana legalization... I dont partake myself, but it should be legal / regulated everywhere for obvious reasons, and the tax revenue is slated benefit public schools.
        Marcopolo
        • 2 Days Ago
        @Spec
        Spec Maybe they're looking to aid the 'RAPture' , with a liitle THC ? (sorry bad joke)
        Vlad
        • 2 Days Ago
        @Spec
        Massive hipster invasion?
      Spiffster
      • 2 Days Ago
      A few changes that may potentially annoy some people here in Colorado, like myself. First off the Income 67 document outlining the tax rebate for alternative fuel vehicles now specifically states that e-scooters and e-motorcycles are NOT eligible for the generous tax rebate. That makes no sense... secondly, the Volt MAY be categorized differently this year, knocking the 6000 dollar rebate to ~600 dollars, because it has a gas burning engine... WTF! Im still looking into it, but if thats the case this is also complete crap... the document specifically states that the LEAF and Tesla Roadster are eligible for the full 6k rebate but says nothing about the Volt. This also would assert that the Karma still gets nearly the full 6k rebate while Volt owners get the shaft. Terrible changes overall.