Here’s Your Electric Vehicle Report Card for the Southwest; Colorado Graded A-, Wyoming Gets an F


Report cards are those often-dreaded slips of paper from back in the school days, right?  Well, this here is a modern-day report card of sorts and it’s focused on plug-in vehicles.  Yes, there’s a big fat “F” here…oh that dreaded mark.

We Welcome EVs!  Please Enjoy Your Stay.

We Welcome EVs! Please Enjoy Your Stay.

Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) is responsible for this report card, which grades 6 Southwest state based on several catgeories related to plug-in vehicles.  The categories are clearly listed above, as are the points obtained by each of the six states.  Basically, the higher the amount of point, the better the grade.

Colorado leads the way and here’s why, according to Will Toor, director of transportation SWEEP:

“Due to the state’s legislative leadership and its Governor, Colorado has made great strides toward more widespread adoption of electric vehicles.  Policies are important tools for addressing barriers to EV ownership and reaping the benefits of cleaner air and much lower fuel costs.”

With more EV policies (12) than any other Southwest state, Colorado leads the way.  Most notable is Colorado’s up to $6,000 tax credit, which was just extended out to 2021.

Mike Salisbury, transportation program associate at SWEEP, says this of the $6,000 tax credit:

As Long As You Don't Drive an EV

As Long As You Don’t Drive an EV

“The reality is that many consumers are not able or willing to pay the higher initial cost of EV ownership, so tax credits of this magnitude help level the playing field for them.”

Of the other states on the report card, Arizona and Utah received a B-, Nevada and New Mexico received a C and C- respectively, and Wyoming, with no existing plug-in related policies, received that failing and dreaded F.

SWEEP says that California would be an A+ state using the grading system presented here.  California’s monstrous commitment to plug-in vehicles puts it head and shoulders above the other states in this great nation.

via Fierce Markets (pdf)

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6 Comments on "Here’s Your Electric Vehicle Report Card for the Southwest; Colorado Graded A-, Wyoming Gets an F"

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Strange. Did they not discover Lithium in Wyoming the other day?

Nevada’s grade shouldn’t even be a “C” – while the state has a law allowing EVs/PHEVs to use HOV lanes, like most states you need a sticker to authorize access. However the state DOT hasn’t issued any stickers and has no policy to do so in the future as of the last time I contacted them via email. They’re losing $300-500 per car they could be getting in HOV access fees, times however many EVs and PHEVs have been sold in Nevada that qualify.

Ok, excuse this ignorant New Yorker, but why is Wyoming considered “southwest”? Geographically, it’s not in the southern half of the country. I’m confused…

Anyway, I would love to see this grading system extended to all 50 states. I’m guessing that New York would get a B or B-.

Including a line for income tax credit is not really fair to Nevada or Wyoming, as these states don’t have an income tax. The table should at least point this out. And the importance of HOV access to less populated states like Wyoming should also be considered.

I’m not from either one of these states, just some observances on my part.

On another node, my geography must be terrible; I’ve never considered Wyoming to be a southwest state.

Wyoming is a large, rural, mountainous state with very cold winters (record low -66 deg. F), having the smallest total population (pop. roughly 60% of the city of San Jose, Ca.), and second-lowest population density of all 50 states, after Alaska. It’s hardly surprising that it’s poorly suited to current PEVs, so why would they bother with PEV friendly laws?

You remember Bush/Cheney/Big Oil? Cheney of course is from Wy, but lets see what they think of EV’s after they found lithium there recently!