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CARB is taking public comment on proposed standards now

California has been working with the federal government on the CAFE fuel economy standards while at the same time working inside the state government to improve the air quality. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has now confirmed more plans to help improve the air quality in the state and that plan involves mandates to get more electric vehicles onto the market. The plan calls for 1.4 million more electric and plug-in vehicles as well as hydrogen powered cars to hit the roads. 
The new standards are expected to cover 2017 to 2025 model year vehicles. The plan wants to reduce greenhouse gas emission from vehicles by 34% compared with the levels set for 2016 and to drive more purchases of EVs. CARB says that the new rules will add $1,900 to the price of a new vehicle by 2025, but the efficiency will save $6,000 in fuel costs over the vehicles life.

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If the 1.4 million zero emission or plug-in hybrid vehicle number is reached that would mean one in seven or 15% of all new vehicles sold would be that type of vehicle. Automakers selling cars in California would need to make 15.4% of their entire fleets ZEVs to meet the proposed standards. The rules would also force all passenger cars and light trucks sold in California to reach the state super-ultra-low emission vehicle standards by 2025. If approved by the California Office of Administrative Law, the regulations would become law in 2012.
The proposed rules by the State of California aren't good enough for the Union of Concerned Scientists reports the NYT. This union wants to increase the proposed standard by 30% and put 1.8 million zero emission vehicles on the roads by 2025. A public comment period on CARBs proposal is going until December 12.
The full CARB proposal is here in PDF form.

Sources: NYT, Energy Efficiency News

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How to solve pollution.
By quiksilvr on 12/15/2011 2:26:17 PM , Rating: 2
Set up a system of telework schedules to decrease the number of cars on the road.

For example, lets say you have four sections in a city. At any day of the week, only TWO of those sections would have people driving to work, and rotate those sections. Make sure those sections aren't close to each other, because that would defeat the purpose.

Doing this will not only save BILLIONS in electric and gas cost, but will:
1) Decrease stress and tension in the office
2) Increase efficiency of work done in the office and allows people to run important errands that require the need to be home
3) Decrease the amount of traffic accidents and maintenance needed on roads.

RE: How to solve pollution.
By JediJeb on 12/15/2011 6:23:46 PM , Rating: 2
I bet you that 2) would counteract 3) as those people would be out running around driving even farther than they would have driving to work.

Also I can see cashiers, mechanics, assembly line workers, farmers, ect working from home instead of driving to work. This only works if the majority of people are office workers, which really isn't true, and I bet office workers don't top 50% of the workforce even in the middle of Los Angeles.

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