The Boulder County, Colorado, Commissioners voted unanimously today (Tuesday, Nov. 13) to adopt a GoEV Resolution (2018-120), becoming the first local government to join the GoEV Cities and Counties campaign.
These goals include plans to electrify the county fleet, transit and school buses, taxis and ride-share companies, and all passenger vehicles in the community in the coming decades.
Will Toor, SWEEP’s transportation program director, presented information at the commissioners’ meeting where Boulder County leaders approved the GoEV Resolution.
“Electric vehicles are starting to take off in Colorado, which has the fifth highest electric vehicle market share in the country. But, in order to achieve clean air in the front range, and meet state goals for reducing dangerous greenhouse gas pollution, we need to turbocharge the adoption of electric vehicles,” Toor said after the meeting. “We hope that Boulder County’s bold step forward to be the state’s first GoEV County will inspire many other cities and counties to join in.”
Boulder County GoEV commitments:
100 percent of new, light-duty vehicles purchased by the county will be electric vehicles when the technology accommodates the needs of the vehicle use: All new sedans the county buys will be electric starting in 2020; All new county-owned SUVs will be electric by 2025; and all new county-owned pickup trucks will be electric by 2030.
Boulder County will support the electric vehicle charging station infrastructure needed to accommodate the transition to electric fleet vehicles.
Boulder County will transition to medium and heavy-duty zero emission vehicles and off-road equipment as these vehicles become available in Colorado.
Boulder County will advocate that Regional Transportation District transition all bus routes within Boulder County to electric buses by 2030.
Boulder County will advocate that the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley School Districts transition to a fully electric school bus fleet by 2040.
Boulder County will work with municipal partners and with shared fleets such as taxis, Uber and Lyft, and carshare companies to transition these shared fleet vehicles to full electric fleets by 2030.
Boulder County will work with the community on programs, policies, incentives and regulatory approaches to transition 30 percent of all vehicles within the county to zero emissions by 2030, and 100 percent of all vehicles by 2050.
The GoEV Cities and Counties campaign is a joint effort of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), the Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER), the Colorado Public Interest Research Group (CoPIRG), Conservation Colorado, and the Sierra Club. The effort modeled after the Ready for 100 campaign, which has led more than 75 local governments in the U.S. to committing themselves to obtaining 100 percent renewable energy no later than 2050.