In Colorado, transportation is responsible for most of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions, and passenger vehicles account for over half of that portion. Other states have taken steps to address the contribution of vehicle emissions to total emissions, particularly through the promotion of electric vehicles (EVs). The Advanced Clean Cars II rule (ACCII) is a set of regulations adopted by California’s Air Resources Board to regulate EV sales and further control vehicle emissions.
The Colorado Fiscal Institute published new research showing that investing in public infrastructure means cost savings, cleaner air, and better health for all Coloradans. Our research focuses on county-level benefits of adopting ACCII in Colorado. ACCII in Colorado would save consumers money, reduce pollution, and generate healthier outcomes across Colorado. This policy can build on recent momentum to expedite the transition to EVs across the state as well as the construction of required infrastructure to make this transition a reality.
Using the history of EV adoption in each county, as well as data on population growth, income, jobs, and charging infrastructure, we model the future adoption of EVs in each county under the baseline scenario and under ACCII adoption scenario (assuming decarbonization of the power sector). Using these projections, we estimate the change in greenhouse gas emissions, air pollutants, health damages, and consumer savings. Take a look at some of our research.