Rivian, the buzzy automaker promising an electric pick-up truck by late 2020, had state lawmakers’ attention during the legislative session — if only for a few minutes.
In those moments during a House committee hearing last month, a representative from the Michigan company shared that Colorado has a special place in the company’s future.
“In fact, Rivian has already planned to open its first ever store, worldwide, in the state of Colorado,” Rivian’s Vice President of Public Policy Jim Chen said when he testified on April 18 in support of a bill to let electric vehicle manufacturers sell directly to consumers.
The bill failed, and it’s uncertain whether Rivian will move forward with a Colorado store. But electric vehicles are of high interest to policymakers who passed several other proposals aimed at encouraging consumers to buy zero-emission autos. Parking authorities can now ticket automobiles blocking electric vehicle charging spots. Another measure lets public utilities invest in charging stations and recover the costs from customers. And tax incentives on EV purchases was extended. All three await Gov. Jared Polis’ signature.