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newsrel -- U.S.E.P.A. approves Clean Air Act waiver for California’s new clean car rules

Posted: 27 Dec 2012 15:26:47
Decision affirms state’s leadership in developing vehicle
emission standards. 

Contact: Dave Clegern
Phone: 916-322-2990

Sacramento—The United States Environmental Protection Agency
today gave the green light to California to set in place its
Advanced Clean Cars package of regulations. This sets the stage
for a new generation of ultra-clean cars starting in 2017 that
slash smog-forming and greenhouse gas emissions and pave the way
for increased numbers of zero-emission vehicles through 2025 and

Today’s announcement by U.S.E.P.A. also clears the way for other
states covering up to 40 percent of new car sales nationally to
adopt California’s standards as their own.. This will ensure that
the latest technologies will further reduce smog-forming
emissions nearly to zero and boost the numbers of zero-emission
vehicles sold through 2025.
“This decision  by the federal government recognizes California’s
important role under the Clean Air Act to set the toughest
vehicle emissions standards in the nation, ,” said Air Resources
Board Chairman Mary D. Nichols. “It also allows  other states to
adopt California’s package of clean car regulations, helping
clean up the air and save consumers nationwide billions of
dollars at the pump.” 

The Advanced Clean Car package includes the Low Emission Vehicle
standard (LEV III) regulation, designed to reduce smog-causing
pollutants in gasoline powered vehicles 75 percent by 2025 from
2017 levels. This standard will  also reduce greenhouse gas
emissions from those same vehicles by 34 percent, a figure that
parallels federal regulations.

California’s Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) standard will drive a
shift from gasoline engines to a wider variety of fuel sources,
including plug-in hybrids, electric and fuel cell vehicles. These
vehicles approach or achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions. By
2025 the ZEV regulations are expected to put 1.4 million of these
vehicles on the road in California, and make them 15 percent of
annual new vehicle sales, with further dramatic growth expected
through 2050 and beyond.

The ZEV regulation keeps California at the forefront of the
national effort to produce the cleanest cars. States continuing
or adding California’s ZEV requirements will ensure their
consumers get the latest plug-in hybrid and ultimately fuel cell
vehicles that are revolutionizing the marketplace, and
dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 

Cleaner cars mean cleaner air and a better environment. Cars are
California’s largest source of air pollution and greenhouse
gases. California’s Advanced Clean Car Program will continue to
drive new vehicle technology, accelerating the next generation of
clean cars that are already commercially available. 

Economically, California drivers will save $5 billion in
operating costs in 2025, and $10 billion by 2030 when more
advanced cars are on the road. In 2025, average consumers will
see nearly $6,000 in fuel cost savings over the life of the car,
nearly triple the estimated per vehicle cost. Based on typical
financing for a new vehicle, savings accrue the minute the car
drives off the lot.

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