Green Cars Put Colorado Lawmakers in a Quandry

Rocky Mountain state now worried it is losing millions in gasoline tax revenues because of high fuel efficiency of hybrids.

Published: 28-Feb-2005

A greener commute is making for less green when it comes to highway funding.

With more people using vehicles that run on alternative fuels, the state's Department of Transportation says it's losing several million dollars a year.

Colorado traditionally receives about $600 million every year from gas tax revenues.

A bill is currently going through Congress that would establish a task force to study other ways to pay for highways, including taxing tires or miles traveled.


Playing catch-up a decade late, the world's auto giants now find that they have to lease or buy technology from Toyota.

Spc. Jeffrey Hamme and Staff Sgt. Michelangelo Merksamer of HHC, 1/506th Infantry, point out features of the Hybrid Electric Humvee at the AUSA Annual Meeting earlier this month. The two Soldiers participated in a Military Utility Assessment of the prototype vehicle last month at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Ford's 'Hybrid Patrol,' a 10-city initiative this fall that aims to show hybrid drivers how to drive for best fuel economy. EV World photo of Bill and Lisa Hammond on way to first Ford Patrol event in Detroit during stop-over in Omaha.


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