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Coloradans looking for EV battery recycling don’t have many places to go

The future arrives in Eric Sumpter’s back shop partially disassembled, in grease-stained cardboard boxes, looking a bit exhausted.  Hybrid and electric vehicle batteries show up at MileHybrid Automotive because it’s one of the only places state officials can identify that accepts them for refurbishing. Or, if they’ve been folded like an accordion in an accident […]

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Colorado truly loves its Subarus, but when can the dog hang out the window of an electric version?

It’s no Rocky Mountain myth: We love our Subarus.  Colorado buys more than twice as many of the four-wheel-drive, Fido-friendly gear wagons as people in other states, according to the latest quarterly registration numbers for state vehicle sales.  And we are moving fast toward electric vehicles, if you judge by percentage growth in the raw […]

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When is clean hydrogen fuel coming for Colorado cars, and who needs to get ready?

It will take more than one alternative fuel powering cars and trucks to meet Colorado’s ambitious goals of 50% reductions in greenhouse gas emissions within just nine years, and signs are growing that much-hyped hydrogen is about to have its turn.  Hydrogen has been the clean fuel of the future for decades among energy and […]

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It will take $130M to get more EVs on Colorado roads. Xcel wants its customers to cover the cost.

Xcel Energy and the Polis administration hashed out the shape of a $30 million electric vehicle rebate program, the most generous in the country, behind closed doors. And then in September state officials presented it to utility regulators as their own. In a bit of regulatory theater, Xcel executives then commented on and critiqued the […]

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Opinion: Colorado new car dealers welcome competition and electric vehicles

Legislation pending in the Colorado General Assembly, Senate Bill 167, has critics of the independently operated automotive distribution system in full cry. “The franchised dealer model is anticompetitive,” we hear.  “Colorado dealers are trying to keep electric cars out of the market,” they say. These critics either don’t know how the automotive dealership system works […]

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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 […]