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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 KoS on 12/16/2011 10:39:37 AM , Rating: 3
And you just proved how much "control" a govt has or rather can have over the people. Just put in the "right" people.

I just can't wait for a "government agency" to help me chose my clothes to wear, what car I can drive, what food I can or can't eat, what time I can go to bed and get up, what type of employment I'm able to do....

All the good government does now, more would be even better!

RE: Awesome
By tng on 12/16/2011 12:57:27 PM , Rating: 3

The really funny thing about his post is that he thinks that his food and medicines are safe because of the FDA. Also I guess he doesn't know that the Federal Reserve Bank is not a government agency, and the EPA approved fuel he puts in his tank is less efficient due to EPA meddling.

RE: Awesome
By Ringold on 12/16/2011 1:32:01 PM , Rating: 3
He probably thinks it was logical and, overall, absolute gold. He lists a bunch of smaller government operations, like NOAA (compared to the size of budgetary monsters like Social Security) and the safety-mandating FDA, which basically sets minimum standards and once in a blue moon performs an inspection but otherwise leaves the free market totally alone, and then closes it out trying to connect those things to total government control of a vast portion of the economy - medicine. Control complete with price controls, etc.

And no mention of colossal government failures when price controls and market domination has been attempted before, both by the US and other nations throughout history. That'd require education and critical analysis, though.

Not even a mention of how the FDA is downright lethargic and still occasionally screws up compared to other regulators in the rich world! Government can do no wrong.

RE: Awesome
By tng on 12/16/2011 3:44:50 PM , Rating: 2
He probably thinks it was logical and, overall, absolute gold.
He also mentions the USPO that is also loosing money, and public schools who never seem to have enough money either, although here in CA it is the largest single budget item for the state. Not to mention that for the most part private schools beat out public in testing.

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