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newsrel -- EPA, DOT and California Align Timeframe for Proposing Standards for Next Generation of Clean Cars

Posted: 24 Jan 2011 12:13:58
Feds, Calif share timeline for clean cars 2017-2025. 


Stanley Young (ARB)
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Cathy Milbourn (EPA)
Enesta Jones (EPA)

Karen Aldana (DOT)

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the state of
California today announced a single timeframe for proposing fuel
economy and greenhouse gas standards for model year 2017-2025
cars and light-duty trucks.

Proposing the new standards on the same timeframe - by September
1, 2011 - signals continued collaboration that could lead to an
extension of the current National Clean Car Program, providing
automakers certainty as they work to build the next generation of
clean, fuel efficient cars.

Improving fuel efficiency will save consumers money at the pump,
reduce America's dependence on foreign oil and cut emissions of
harmful pollutants.

"The single timeframe is another great example of the cooperation
that has led us to strong and achievable standards for clean cars
in America," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. "I'm proud
to be working with my federal and state partners on this next
step in the process to make the U.S. the world leader in fuel
efficient clean cars."

“Today’s announcement is a big step forward, but it is only the
beginning.  By working together with EPA and the California Air
Resources Board (CARB) to develop standards for the next
generation of clean cars, we can set a standard that works for
automakers across the country,” said DOT Secretary LaHood.  “Our
continued collaboration is win-win-win for the environment,
businesses and the American consumer.”

“President Obama's invitation last year to join with the federal
agencies to develop new emission and fuel economy standards has
resulted in a model of government cooperation to address the
important issues of global climate change and urban pollution,”
said Mary Nichols, Chairman of the California Air Resources

In April 2010, DOT and EPA established greenhouse gas emission
and fuel economy standards for model year 2012-2016 light-duty
cars and trucks. In the fall of 2010, California accepted
compliance with these federal GHG standards as meeting similar
state standards as adopted in 2004, resulting in the first
coordinated national program.  The standards require these
vehicles to meet an estimated combined average emissions level of
250 grams of carbon dioxide per mile in model year 2016, which is
equivalent to 35.5 miles per gallon.

In May 2010, President Obama announced that EPA, DOT and
California would begin working together to assess the performance
and costs of a variety of technologies that could be available in
model years 2017-2025 as the first step in possibly extending the
current national emission and fuel economy standards.  The three
agencies completed an interim technology assessment and have
since funded additional research critical to future rulemaking.

With today's announcement, CARB is committing to continue its
collaboration with DOT's National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) and EPA in an effort to establish
standards that will provide manufacturers with the regulatory
certainty needed to invest today in the kind of new technologies
that will provide consumers a full range of efficient clean
vehicle choices.

Prior to today's announcement, CARB announced its intention to
propose greenhouse gas emission standards for model years 2017 to
2025 in March of this year, while EPA and NHTSA were working on
an end of September timeline for proposal.  Today's announcement
ensures that both proposals will come out simultaneously after a
thorough, joint review of all data available when the proposals
are issued.

Auto manufacturers are responding to these goals through the
increased domestic production and use of existing, advanced, and
emerging technologies to strengthen the auto industry and enhance
job creation in the United States.

The Air Resources Board is a department of the California
Environmental Protection Agency. ARB's mission is to promote and
protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through
effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and
considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air
pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain
health based air quality standards.

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