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Consumer Reports urges Colorado commission to advance Zero Emission Vehicle program, reject automakers’ half-measures

Denver, Co. — Consumer Reports, the nonprofit consumer advocacy organization, is strongly urging Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission to consider adopting a Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) program as the commission meets to discuss initiating a formal rulemaking process for the program.

In a May 9 letter to the commission, Shannon Baker-Branstetter, manager of cars and energy policy for Consumers Reports, wrote: “Adopting the program would deliver many consumer and public health benefits for Colorado residents, which the Commission will explore upon further analysis and consideration as it goes through the rulemaking process.”

Baker-Branstetter also urged the Commission to reject half-measures such as proposals by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which she said “would only delay or derail the Commission’s regulatory process and, critically, the benefits Coloradans deserve.”  Branstetter said the Alliance’s offer was “deficient both in process and results and is in no way a substitute for a ZEV program that has proven so successful in California.”

See attached document to read the full letter from CR to the Colorado commission.

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Media contact: Adam Winer, adam.winer@consumer.org

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