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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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RE: Awesome
By amanojaku on 12/15/2011 3:20:57 PM , Rating: 1
Both of you should read the proposal. Nowhere did I see a mention of taxes. Instead, this program will raise the purchase prices of cars, as manufacturers will be forced to increase the number of non-ICE cars in their fleets. The expectation is that the non-ICE cars will be cheaper to own over time because of lower operating costs. Note that the document occasionally uses words like "can" and "could"...

I really wanted to address the issue of the environment. You need to rid yourself of the fallacy that non-ICE cars are "better" for the environment. All cars need a power source, and most, if not all, of the cars will be powered by electricity. Since we don't have a significant nuclear power infrastructure, that means coal and gas. After all, solar, tidal, and wind farms are rare, too. It's been proven that coal and gas plants are worse than tail pipe emissions: those plants produce radioactive ash, among other things.

RE: Awesome
By Shig on 12/15/2011 3:35:31 PM , Rating: 1
@amanojaku -

That is a paper written to refute most of your claims.

You also left out of the most important points, foreign oil addiction. The vast majority of Americans believe reducing our dependance on foreign oil is a top priority, which this program will do.

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