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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: It would be far better to get 1.4 million...
By KoS on 12/16/2011 10:44:15 AM , Rating: 2
Ya it's not a problem, when our society is being split between spanish and english speaking. It won't be a problem, no balkinize country at all! Won't it be grand when parts of the US can't to speak to the other part!

RE: It would be far better to get 1.4 million...
By retrospooty on 12/16/2011 5:00:10 PM , Rating: 2
Nice delusion. What on earth makes you think that would ever happen? If you think that irrationally, there is no helping you, maybe you should find a country that suits you better, like Germany.

Do I need to remind you how this county was founded and the principals it was founded on? It was pretty much English, Irish, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, German, and many many other cultures coming together under one united ideal. So, if we weren't split then, we wont split now. Get a grip and open your mind just a crack, it may help.

RE: It would be far better to get 1.4 million...
By Spuke on 12/16/2011 6:58:01 PM , Rating: 2
What on earth makes you think that would ever happen? If you think that irrationally
What's irrational about a class of people with birth rates dwarfing the legal citizens? If we continue this path, they'll outnumber us eventually. These people are largely uneducated and mostly perform menial labor at bend over pay. Sorry but this reeks of indentured servitude at best. If they were educated, they could choose but we're taking advantage of their ignorance (and their culture). I want action on illegal immigration simply because it's not fair to them.

By retrospooty on 12/17/2011 7:51:54 AM , Rating: 2
Do you even hear yourself? "a class of people" - birth rates" - "uneducated" - "menial labor" - "I want action on illegal immigration simply because it's not fair to them."

Do you realize how uneducated and narrow minded you sound, all while thinking you are somehow superior to these people?

I think you need an American history lesson as badly as KOS does. Not just history, but what this country is all about and what it means to be an American (hint, its not about being afraid of brown people that have a higher birth rate than you do).

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