Colorado car dealers sue regulators to repeal stricter vehicle fuel efficiency standards
Colorado Automobile Dealers Association says state analysis of costs, benefits flawed
January 30, 2019
Tougher vehicle fuel standards approved late last year by Colorado state regulators were unlawful and should be set aside, the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association says in a new lawsuit.
The lawsuit, filed Monday, seeks to repeal a rule approved in November by the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission that requires automakers to boost fuel efficiency. The auto dealers contend the new standards would result in onerous sticker price increases that would harm working families, and accused regulators of making up their minds before taking public input.
Then-Gov. John Hickenlooper issued an executive order in June 2018 mandating the state adopt low-emission vehicle standards by 2025. An executive order by newly sworn-in Gov. Jared Polis builds on efforts to reduce climate-changing vehicle emissions by developing the infrastructure, including charging stations, to support more electric vehicles and to make more of the state fleet electric.
The air quality control commission also plans to consider a rule requiring manufacturers to sell a certain percentage of electric vehicles in Colorado.