This week Colorado’s state government released one of the most comprehensive plans to date to boost electric vehicle adoption.

In the Colorado Electric Vehicle Plan approved by Governor John Hickenlooper, a roadmap is drawn out leading toward electric vehicle progress in the state. The plan is jointly drafted by various Colorado energy councils, including the Colorado Energy Office and the Colorado Department of Transportation, and lists several steps towards adoption.

These activities include strategizing on the location of EV charging station locations, consumer education, promote business with EV manufacturers, and allocate funds toward development through coordination groups. Other work will focus on developing strategic partnerships with utility providers, updating road signage, and aiming $4.1 billion worth of reduced electric bills to utility customers.

No timelines were provided, except for a five-year schedule for the building of new charging stations from the current 53 to as high as 632.

Additionally, Colorado joined brains and dollars with neighboring states Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming to draft an Oct. 2017 memorandum of understanding. This is to be a joint agreement promising to evangelize and invest in EV activities along the “Intermountain West Electric Corridor” to facilitate EV charging along its interstates. These interstates include 70, 76, and 25.

At the moment, Colorado is in eighth place regarding total EV market share in the U.S. by state. Other distinctions include a seventh-place ranking for the number of electric vehicles per capita and a 73-percent increase in the number of electric cars sold from Jan. through Sept. 2017 over the same period in 2016.

To read the full plan, visit Colorado Electric Vehicle Plan: Jan. 2018

To read the memorandum of understanding, visit Memorandum of Understanding.