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cool-cars -- Cool Cars Additional Information Posted: 30 Mar 2010 17:09:53
On March 25, 2010 ARB announced that all rulemaking on the Cool Cars regulation has ceased. It was determined that insufficient time remained on the rulemaking calendar to achieve consensus on the rule, particularly with regard to perceived problems with metallic glazing and the operation of cell phones and GPS ankle bracelets. Because consensus could not be reached within the timeframe required, the 15-day Notice for Cool Cars will not be issued. The result is that the Cool Cars regulation, while approved by the Board in June 2009, will not become law. In its place staff will work to incorporate a performance-based approach to cooling vehicle interiors into the next iteration of the light-duty motor vehicle greenhouse gas regulations for 2017 and later model years. This next phase of the motor vehicle greenhouse gas emission regulations will be linked with the formerly separate standards setting specific toxic and criteria tailpipe emissions limits (Low Emission Vehicle or LEV standards) into a single regulatory framework for advanced clean cars. The regulation for the advanced clean cars (also known as LEVIII) is expected be presented to the Board during a hearing later this year, with the new greenhouse gas portion phasing-in with the 2017 model year. At this time, it is unclear what form the performance-based approach to cooling vehicle interiors will take in the new rules. As a result, all activity by the Cool Cars performance option workgroups will cease. Instead, the public may participate in the development of the performance metric for cooling vehicle interiors as part of the regulatory development for advanced clean cars. If you are interested in being notified of upcoming workshops for the greenhouse gas portion of this regulation, including the vehicle-interior cooling performance metric, please join the Low-Emission Vehicle Program (levprog) listserv at http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/levprog/leviii/leviii.htm. If you have further questions regarding the cessation of the Cool Cars regulation or the incorporation of the vehicle-interior cooling performance option into the development of a regulation for advanced cleaner cars, please feel free to contact Marijke Bekken (firstname.lastname@example.org , 775-762-1771) or Leela Rao (email@example.com , 626-350-6469).