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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 sigmatau on 12/15/2011 7:00:09 PM , Rating: 0
I'm sure it is much better, but some areas still need help. Not sure why places west of Memphis in Mississippi had those warnings this past year. In NC, we have them too but they are not usually extremely high.

RE: Awesome
By tastyratz on 12/16/2011 9:12:44 AM , Rating: 4
It doesn't matter, they are barking up the wrong tailpipe.
Modern vehicles put out such minimal emissions now compared to their predecessors that it almost doesn't matter. Old cars put out SIGNIFICANTLY more, hell 2012 civic vs 1991 pits out 36% less ghg. But even more so commercial vehicles like tractor trailers are the worst offenders with the least regulation. Cars have become blood from a stone.

Let's step out of that realm again because it is STILL minute in comparison to other sources like with industry and power generation. California still has 10 operational coal power plants (2005 source, might not be up to date). Why not work to shutting them down and becoming a coal free state?

According to the epa statistics (src ) , vehicles are still only 1/3 of emission totals. Where is your crackdown california on the other 2/3rds if you are so concerned?

RE: Awesome
By Mint on 12/17/11, Rating: 0
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