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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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Goofy stuff
By desertrat200 on 12/15/2011 3:35:46 PM , Rating: -1
California is goofy (no offense mickey!. Not one single hybrid or EV car has ever penciled out for ownership costs and it is likely it will be a long damn time before one does. We are keeping our cars much longer because of the screwed up economy, meaning ownership will now include paying for battery replacements at $6K+. They don't include that little detail.
Nor does any agency describe how we will dispose of all these old batteries and acid, not to mention the extra power required to charge these energy-sucking beasts, nor how the over-strained power grid will carry the load. They didn't mention the power plants being shut down because of the Obama-drama regulations making it cheaper to shut one down than to run it. No one mentions how we will replace those. Idiots all. Myopic and unable to see the big picture of how our economy works. Just over 11 months of this nonsense to go. Hang in there.

RE: Goofy stuff
By jRaskell on 12/15/2011 4:12:23 PM , Rating: 2
Just over 11 months of this nonsense to go. Hang in there.

I feel sorry for you if you really think the nonsense will end in 11 months.

RE: Goofy stuff
By Spuke on 12/15/2011 4:28:44 PM , Rating: 2
Just over 11 months of this nonsense to go. Hang in there.
You really think this stuff just started 11 months ago?

RE: Goofy stuff
By Dr of crap on 12/16/2011 12:40:19 PM , Rating: 2
Nope been many,many years, and both sides are equally bad,and equally to blame.

Do you think that a elected offical will be able to fix this mess????

If so I have some GREAT stock tips for you to give me money to invest FOR you!

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