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Amazon’s first electric vans started delivering packages in the Denver area this week

The first Amazon deliveries using new Rivian electric vans reached Denver this week, one of 16 U.S. locations the online retailer plans to deploy electric vehicles on its routes. Amazon is one of Rivian’s investors and began testing the all-electric vans in Los Angeles earlier this year. It’s part of the company’s “Climate Pledge,” to […]

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Colorado, Denver join 25 other cities and states in suing EPA for relaxing clean-car rule

Colorado and Denver joined 22 other states and three other cities on Wednesday to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for relaxing clean car standards that could impact the state’s new zero-emissions vehicle policy. In March, the EPA announced its final rule, which reverses changes made during the Obama administration to create one auto-emission standard […]

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Auto dealers, electric-vehicle startups reach compromise to allow Colorado direct-to-consumer sales

Coloradans are one step closer to getting electric vehicles from startups like Rivian after a once-contentious bill allowing some EV manufacturers to bypass dealerships and sell directly to consumers cleared its final legislative committee on Monday. Senate Bill 167 also marked a significant compromise by a powerful lobby that opposed a similar measure last year […]

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As more electric vehicles are on the way, Colorado’s tax incentives begin to wind down

Colorado is gearing up for an influx of electric vehicles, thanks to new state policies and pending legislation to increase the number of vehicles available for sale and who can sell them. But there’s one thing in decline — the tax credits available to new electric-car buyers. Colorado’s credit for new EV purchases dropped to […]

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Colorado to challenge Trump administration decision ending states’ waiver for stricter vehicle-emissions

Colorado will challenge the Trump administration’s expected move Wednesday revoking the ability of states to enact vehicle-emissions standards that are tougher than what is mandated by the federal government. The Environmental Protection Agency is slated to rescind a waiver granted to California under the Obama administration that allowed the state to create its own emissions […]

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Auto dealers say electric car mandate — a cornerstone of Colorado’s clean air quest — is a threat to tradition

During World War II when Ford stopped making cars to focus on war efforts, O’Meara Ford had to figure out what to sell instead. Founder Alfred O’Meara and his son Alfred Jr. shrewdly stocked the Denver dealership with every automobile part he could get. The parts store blossomed into a national wholesale business. And O’Meara, […]

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Auto dealers vow to keep fighting Colorado’s move to adopt less-polluting vehicle standards

The Colorado Automobile Dealers Association vowed to continue fighting the state’s move to adopt less-polluting vehicle standards after a judge dismissed the organization’s lawsuit for failure to prove “economic injury” or that it was even eligible to sue. “There was no judgement on the actual claims that we made,” said Tim Jackson, president of the […]

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ICEholes beware: Colorado is considering parking fines for blocking electric-vehicle charging stations

As any thoughtful electric-vehicle driver needs to do, Sean Mitchell plotted the stops on his road trip to Los Angeles before leaving home last month. He didn’t want to run out of fuel for his Tesla. Driving west was fine. But on his return to Denver, he pulled into a critical stop at a hotel […]

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Colorado is a top electric vehicle state without a mandate. So why can’t locals buy most of the EVs for sale?

On any given day in Colorado last year — excluding Sundays, of course — 14.6 electric vehicles were sold. That included 1.4 Chevy Bolts, 2.9 Nissan Leafs and 6.6 Tesla Model 3s, according to data provided by Cox Automotive’s Kelley Blue Book. But what wasn’t selling at local dealerships were the Hyundai Ionic, Fiat 500e […]