(March 21) – America’s move toward alternative-fuel vehicles got a push from the Colorado House today with votes on two bills that will support fuel diversity, create jobs and give us a cleaner environment.

SB13-070, sponsored in the House by Rep. Max Tyler (D-Lakewood), went to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s desk on a 54-10 vote in the House. The bill, also sponsored by Rep. Ray Scott (R-Grand Junction) encourages the state to buy vehicles for its motor fleet that run on electricity, compressed natural gas or other zero- or low-emissions fuels if the cost of buying or operating such vehicles is within 10 percent of the cost of comparable gasoline vehicles.

“This will move the state fleet to electric and compressed natural gas fuels for cleaner and more cost-effective transportation, saving Coloradans money,” Rep. Tyler said after the vote.

HB13-1247, by Reps. Crisanta Duran (D-Denver) and Jonathan Singer (D-Longmont), clarifies and extends an impactful tax credit of up to $6,000 for plug-in electric, CNG or propane vehicles. It passed unanimously out of the House Transportation & Energy Committee after a lovefest of testimony from consumers, Colorado auto dealers and even General Motors, maker of the Chevrolet Volt.

“Passage of House Bill 1247 will pay off in terms of cleaner air as well as a stronger economy for Colorado for years to come,” Rep. Singer said. “It will attract enterepreneurs and create new jobs.”

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