Capitol Dispatch: Electric-car bill powered with bipartisan support
Democrats and Republicans, they all said “aye” last Friday to a bill that aims to bring more electric-car charging stations to Colorado.
“You can’t drive an electric car with out chargers,” said sponsor Matt Jones, a Democrat from Louisville. “The more charges, the more electric vehicles.”
Jones’s bill, SB-28, would make it easier for businesses and nonprofits to receive seed money to install chargers. Now seed money is pretty much restricted to government buildings and apartment complexes.
Jones described his proposal as simple, smart policy which would deepen the tide bringing more electric cars to the roads every day.
“They’re getting cheaper and cleaner,” he said, noting that Colorado was shifting to greater shares of renewable power every year.
“A base-level (electric) nissan now goes for just under $23,000,” he said. “With tax benefits it’s actually closer to $17,000 and, once you have one, they’re cheaper to operate as well.”
He said he doesn’t own an electric car but that one of the bill’s co-sponsors in the House does — Representative Max Tyler of Lakewood.
Jones said that, in addition to federal funds, electric car owners would pay into the seed grant fund themselves with an annual fee of around $50.
Jones also foresees new jobs at car dealerships and in construction as a possible outcome if the bill passes.
“Clean energy jobs, man. I think we should be doing a lot more of that,” he said.
The Senate will vote on the bill one last time and then it heads to the House.
[Photo by Dr Whimsy]
Like this story? Steal it! Feel free to republish it in part or in full, just please give credit to The Colorado Independent and add a link to the original.
SIGN UP FOR OUR WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
On April 21st, thousands of Coloradans and a diverse collection of leaders will come together to celebrate Earth Day with the Sierra Club. Together, Coloradans […]Read More
By now you’ve likely heard about The Denver Post’s multi-page editorial broadside at its hedge-fund owner. This week’s newsletter seeks to explain the local and national repercussions of […]Read More