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March 1, 2010
ARB workshop signals start of process to envision car of the future
New approach combines tailpipe and greenhouse gas emissions, draws on wide range of technologies, studies
EL MONTE, Calif.—A workshop to be held in the California Air Resources Board’s El Monte office on March 2, is designed to kick off a pioneering effort to craft standards to help develop the next generation of cleaner cars.
The new approach will link formerly separate standards to reduce toxic tailpipe emissions and greenhouse gas emissions into a single regulatory framework. The standards were formerly known as “LEV III” (for the third stage of the Low Emission Vehicle standards) and “Pavley II” (for the second, post-2016 stage of California’s pioneering greenhouse gas standard, established under AB 1493, the 2002 law authored by California state senator Fran Pavley). Also encompassed in the new approach are standards for zero emission vehicles, known as the ZEV regulations.
“Our goal is to guide the
development of even cleaner, ultra-low carbon cars that deliver performance and
utility,” said Tom Cackette, the executive officer who oversees ARB’s motor
vehicle programs. “This will reduce fuel costs for consumers, and help move
The workshop is designed to present the widest range of technological and design options that manufacturers are currently working on to reduce emissions and increase fuel efficiency.
These include improvements in hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles, full battery-electric vehicles, the use of hydrogen-powered fuel cells, vehicles that run on biofuels and other alternative low-carbon fuels, reducing the weight of the vehicle using a range of stronger and lighter materials, and approaches to keeping the interior of the car cooler (reducing the load of the air condition system to further reduce fuel consumption and emissions).
The workshop comes on the heels
of ARB fulfilling its final commitment to an
agreement announced at the White House last May. That agreement established
The next-generation car will have reductions of greenhouse gas emissions beyond the 30 percent mandated by that standard while continuing to improve on reductions of smog-forming pollutants. Thanks to past efforts by ARB, current tailpipe emissions of those pollutants are 99.7 percent cleaner than a car from the late 1960s.
The workshop begins March 2, at 9 AM at the Air Resources Board,
A webcast of the workshop is at: http://epanet.ca.gov/broadcast/?bdo=1