The Colorado Electric Vehicle and Infrastructure Readiness Plan is the final product of Project FEVER, along with the website www.electricridecolorado.com. The Plan provides the framework for Colorado to become a first-tier market for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs), transportation technology, and PEV charging infrastructure. A thriving and competitive PEV marketplace is imperative for the economic, social, and environmental well-being of Colorado. By becoming a first-tier PEV market, Colorado has the opportunity to create:
• A transportation sector fueled by domestic electricity sources
• A thriving economy that attracts new business and creates more jobs in key sectors for the state, including energy, manufacturing, transportation, and construction; and
• Improved air quality, particularly in high density areas.
At the beginning of 2013, Colorado was home to approximately 1,300 PEVs and more than 70 Electric Vehicle charging stations as well as a wide variety of industry stakeholders invested in the PEV future. At the end of 2014, there were over 4,000 PEVs and 200 publicly accessible charging stations, and the recommendations put forth and followed in the readiness plan contributed greatly to that increase. As vehicle technology and market factors continue to increase the ability of PEVs to meet consumer demands, PEV adoption will continue to grow.