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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 tng on 12/16/2011 12:46:36 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I know a few people here in the North end of the state that have vacation homes in Tahoe on the Nevada side and register their vehicles at that address, even though they only use them in CA. This is really popular with high end cars where registration fees in CA are based on a percentage of the cars value and states like NV and OR are just a $40 fee for 2 years.

RE: Right....
By vincestone on 12/16/2011 2:01:40 PM , Rating: 2
The registration fee her in Nevada is around 40 dollars, but they add other fees that are directly based on how much your car is worth. It costs me about 60 dollars to register my 89 ford truck but my wifes 2005 Toyota costs about 200 dollars.

RE: Right....
By jimbojimbo on 12/16/2011 3:26:42 PM , Rating: 1
So basically middle to lower income families with one home in California have to register it in California but the rich who may have a second home in another state can register it there. Excellent!! The rich continue to get richer and the poor and middle class get bent over like usual.

RE: Right....
By tng on 12/16/2011 3:38:50 PM , Rating: 2
Well, I can't call it a Rich-vs-Poor thing really. However as more and more successful businesses leave CA for other states with lower taxes/fees and less regulation, everybody left behind just pays more and more, cause you know the politicians will not stop increasing their spending.

I personally know of four people who have moved their small businesses out of CA for other more friendly states because of the costs of having any business in CA. One in particular was able to move to Florida where he got a 10K square foot facility with a house on property (5 acres) for the same price as 1500sf was costing him in CA. He moved all the employees that wanted to go there on his dime.

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