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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.

Tesla Model S [Source: Tesla Motors]
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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RE: Awesome
By Shig on 12/15/2011 3:10:31 PM , Rating: 3

47% - Gas

20% - Hydro

18% - Nuclear

7% - Geothermal

3% - Biomass

2% - Wind

1% - Oil

<1% - Coal

<1% - Solar

<1% - Other

RE: Awesome
By autoboy on 12/15/2011 3:26:38 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, California has pretty clean energy compared to the rest of the country. In some states new clean gas cars are better for the environment than electric. But, the fact that California is mostly gas is also why the energy prices are high.

Thanks for that list.

RE: Awesome
By TSS on 12/15/2011 4:15:11 PM , Rating: 2
Great, clear the air but Frack up the ground.

Clean energy my foot.

RE: Awesome
By Ringold on 12/16/2011 1:35:19 PM , Rating: 1
Feel free to suggest another way to get that 47% reliably, relatively cheaply, around the clock, and for an installation price that doesn't destroy an already weak state economy.

RE: Awesome
By JediJeb on 12/15/2011 6:10:03 PM , Rating: 2
Yes but they are wanting to eliminate Green House Gasses and those natural gas power plants still emit CO2, just no way around that. If CO2 is considered a pollutant then the natural gas plants are not as clean as the make them out to be. Also the Hydrogen cars should not be considered in this program since it is proven that Water vapor is a green house gas, so those cars would be polluting also. Then of course there is the proposal to outlaw all nuclear plants in California that they are trying to put on the ballot which would knock out a good percentage of their power production, I wonder what will take it's place to help charge all these new EVs?

Of course I am being cynical but it just goes to show that someone can find something bad in just about anything. Is switching to more efficient power and products a good thing, sure, but is it always worth the cost associated with the switch, not always.

RE: Awesome
By tng on 12/16/2011 3:40:58 PM , Rating: 2
Of course I am being cynical but it just goes to show that someone can find something bad in just about anything.
Since I exhale CO2 can I be fined by the EPA? I must be the cause of global warming...

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