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article imageColorado to fine drivers of gas cars who park in EV bays

By Tim Sandle     Apr 27, 2019 in Environment
Drivers of petrol (gas) cars in the U.S. state of Colorado risk new fines if they park their cars in parking bays reserved for the charging of electric vehicles. This follows new legislation passed by the General Assembly.
The new bill was passed by the Colorado General Assembly at the end of April 2019. By passing the bill and creating the legislation, the House has established a legal structure whereby, if the Senate approves, law enforcement can fine drivers who park non-electric cars (petrol or diesel) in any electric-car charging space. The fine is for $150 and it is applied statewide. This follows a similar structure in Arizona, which imposes a $350 fine for a similar offense.
Colorado has been promoting the use of electric vehicles for some time now and it looks like it will become the tenth state in the U.S. to adopt California's zero-emissions vehicle mandate. This will require automakers to sell electric cars within the state territory. This was triggered by Colorado's Governor Jared Polis signing an executive order aimed at adding reducing emissions in the state.
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Another signal about the state's growing attraction to electric vehicles appears with a pilot initiated by the non-profit company Platte River Power Authority, which has indicated it is teaming up with eMotorWerks (a provider of home smart chargers) to sell and install 250 smart chargers for residential customers. The aim of the study is to assess how easy it is to maximize the renewable electricity people can use to charge their electric vehicles.
With the new fine proposed for drivers of cars that run on fossil fuels for parking in bays reserved for electric vehicles drivers, this is reflective of the growth in electric vehicles and how this growth is, to an extent, out of kilter with the availability of electric vehicle charging points. There are more than 1.1 million electric cars on the road in the U.S., but only around 51,000 public chargers.
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Commenting on the new fines and the attempt to nudge appropriate road behavior, Margaret-Ann Leavitt, vice president of marketing for National Car Charging, a Denver retailer that sells EV chargers told the Colorado Sun: "This is a change in how people fuel. I would never park my car at a gas station and walk away. That’s essentially what they’re doing."
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