Colorado Governor Gov. Jared Polis pushes Colorado toward zero-emission vehicles with first executive order

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis rolled up in a blue electric car to a press conference in lower downtown Denver Thursday to announce a list of executive policy changes that taken together should put more electric cars on the state’s roads.

Polis, who promised to power the state’s electric grid with 100 percent renewable energy by 2040 during his fall campaign, said the steps he outlined Thursday should provide car buyers with more options — including less expensive ones — when it comes to choosing an electric vehicle.

His order directs the state to create a team across state agencies to develop the infrastructure needed to support more electric vehicles and invest money it won in a settlement with Volkswagen into electrifying the state’s vehicle fleet. It also asks the state’s transportation department to create an electric vehicle policy.