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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: Right....
By kattanna on 12/15/2011 3:22:45 PM , Rating: 2
if you look over the linked PDF they have a chart in which they think by 2050 over 50% of all vehicles will be hydrogen fuel cell powered, with pure EV's being about 30%

while 38 years is a long time, im still not buying it

RE: Right....
By tng on 12/15/2011 3:46:22 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, Hydrogen I think has more promise than pure electric, but also has issues, although I think that in the next decade we will see at least 1 or 2 Hydrogen fuel cell cars show up for limited sale in SoCal maybe.

Hydrogen has different problems such as where do you fill up, and mass produced Hydrogen is really not energy efficient. However I love the concept.

RE: Right....
By kattanna on 12/16/2011 9:52:36 AM , Rating: 2
Hydrogen has different problems such as where do you fill up, and mass produced Hydrogen is really not energy efficient. However I love the concept.

yep, its a sexy idea, expect for the fact that hydrogen has a really crappy energy density.

when they can build a hybrid battery/capacitor that can store a charge to take a vehicle 300+ miles and then quickly recharge like filling up your tank, then that will be game over for most other passenger vehicle types, except for collectors LOL

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