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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 Solandri on 12/15/2011 5:53:04 PM , Rating: 2
Any bets this will work as well as the last time CARB tried to tell automakers that by Y2K, 10% of the cars they sold in California had to be EV's or they would not be allowed to sell any cars in the state?

This leaves CARB with a huge credibility problem with auto manufacturers too. The first time it happened, GM was the only company which actually built an electric vehicle (the EV1). Just as they were on the cusp of cornering the California automobile market, CARB pulled the rug out from under them and rescinded the requirement. GM destroyed all the EV1s in response (and ended up being blamed for killing the electric car by people who were unwilling to blame government).

With that kind of track record, my bet is on all the automakers doing absolutely nothing to comply with CARB's requirements. And when the deadline approaches, they'll all say the technology just isn't ready, and please extend the deadline or rescind the requirement.

RE: Right....
By JediJeb on 12/15/2011 6:18:14 PM , Rating: 2
Funny thing would be if CARB holds them to it and they just stop selling cars in California. That would pretty much stagnate the percentage of efficient vehicles in the state and foil CARB's plans as well as make most Californians rather upset.

RE: Right....
By aspade on 12/16/2011 10:38:35 AM , Rating: 2
On the verge of cornering the market? Please. GM built 1100 cars in 4 years and lost in the order of a million dollars on each of them.

Nobody killed the electric car because it was never alive as a remotely viable product.

RE: Right....
By tng on 12/16/2011 12:50:11 PM , Rating: 2
On the verge of cornering the market? Please. GM built 1100 cars in 4 years and lost in the order of a million dollars on each of them.
Nobody said it was a large market.

I think that Honda had a EV out at that time as well, basically did the same thing as GM did when CARB retracted it's edict...

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