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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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By Concillian on 12/15/2011 9:41:34 PM , Rating: 4
I live in California and the last thing I'll do is buy an EV.

Not because I'm a green hating redneck, or anything like that, just because it doesn't make financial sense in California.

I looked into it, even EV conversions, but in the end it came down to the cost structure of electricity in California and the tiered pricing of electricity.

If usage is moderate, electricity cost is moderate. I average I think around 13 or 14 cents a kWh. Higher than most other places in the US, but CA made some bad long term contracts deal when it's grid was overtaxed, and we're stuck with that. However any additional energy used is priced 30-40 cents a kWh because of how the tiers are structured
Tier 1 ~11 cents
Tier 2 ~13 cents
Tier 3 *30+ cents*
Tier 4 close to 40 cents.

For the average household that watches TV and doesn't use AC and such, they'll push into the 30 cent tier, but barely.

Adding an EV, all the extra energy used comes from the high tiers. So what may make financial sense compared to gasoline in a state where you are paying 9 cents a kWh, can easily make no sense at all in California where that EV may cost 3-4 times as much to use as any other state.

So how exactly are they going to push an EV on me? Initial cost is higher, "fuel" cost is higher than a 25 MPG car that costs half as much, convenience is lower... umm why would I want to pay for this?

The only way to run an EV economically in CA is to add solar panels to your house to offset the power consumed by the vehicle... so now your upfront costs for an EV increase another $~20k or so? Sign me up.

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