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newsrel -- ARB Passes New ZEV Amendment

Posted: 27 Mar 2008 19:46:53
Please consider the following ARB press release announcing the
changes to the ZEV regulations.  You can see the release online
here: http://www.arb.ca.gov/newsrel/nr032708b.htm .
Thank You
Dimitri Stanich


Release 08-23
March 27, 2008
Leo Kay

ARB passes new ZEV amendment
Measure could produce 65,000 cleaner vehicles by 2012

SACRAMENTO: The Air Resources Board today voted to triple the
amount of zero emissions vehicles that staff had proposed for
automakers to produce from 2012 through 2014, while directing
staff to look at overhauling the program to account for climate
change benefits.

Staff had proposed to require 2,500 pure zero emission vehicles,
which the Board increased to 7,500. Automakers can produce fewer
ZEVs, 5,357, if they are long-range fuel cell vehicles or they
can opt to satisfy the requirement by manufacturing 12,500
battery electric vehicles with a range of 100 miles.

The Board maintained a second component of the vehicle emissions
reduction program that allows the automakers flexibility in their
alternative fuel programs by requiring an additional 66,000
plug-in hybrids during that same period. If the automakers
produce 25,000 ZEVs, there are no remaining plug-in hybrid

Additionally, ARB Chairman Mary Nichols directed staff to
overhaul the ZEV program for 2015 vehicles to synch up with
other Board tailpipe emission programs such as the Pavley
regulations addressing greenhouse gas emissions and the low
emissions vehicle program.

“Today's decision will lead to more green auto choices for
consumers now while keeping the pressure on the automotive
engineers to continue fine tuning the technologies that will
yield an all electric-drive vehicle fleet for California in the
near future,” Nichols said. “We must continue to push for all
types of technologies -- fuel cells, electric vehicles and
hydrogen powered cars -- as we fight our duel battles against
smog and global warming.”

Created in 1990, the ZEV program seeks to spur technological
advancements in the automobile industry that lead to more clean
cars on California’s roadways. The ZEV program is the world’s
only enforceable requirement for development and production of
zero emissions vehicles.

As a direct result of the ZEV program, over 750,000 Californians
are currently driving vehicles with near-zero emissions and an
extended emissions warranty of 15 years or 150,000 miles. They
are 80 percent cleaner than the average 2002 model year car.
Today's action will assure many more near-zero and zero emission
vehicles on California's roads in the near future.

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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