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newsrel -- California Air Resources Board Releases Proposed Advanced Clean Car Rules

Posted: 07 Dec 2011 13:47:21
Proposed rules will save drivers money at the pump, cut smog and
greenhouse gases, make California a world leader in clean car

Release #:11-52

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California Air Resources Board Releases Proposed Advanced Clean
Car Rules

Proposed rules will save drivers money at the pump, cut smog and
greenhouse gases, make California a world leader in clean car

SACRAMENTO - Today the California Air Resources Board posted the
proposed Advanced Clean Car package of regulations in advance of
the Board’s meeting to consider adoption on January 26, 2012.

The proposal continues California’s leadership role in developing
innovative standards for vehicles that are designed to clean the
air, fight climate change, and deliver real cost savings to
consumers and drive job development in California.

“These rules will make California the advanced car capital of the
world, driving the innovation, patents and technology that will
generate thousands of jobs here, and set the stage for us to
compete in the global clean car marketplace,” said ARB Executive
Officer James N. Goldstene.

The Advanced Clean Cars program combines the control of soot,
smog-causing pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions into a
single coordinated package of requirements for model years 2017
through 2025.  The proposed rules will clean up gasoline- and
diesel-powered cars, and deliver increasing numbers of
zero-emission vehicles, such as full battery electric cars, newly
emerging plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell
cars. The package also includes provisions that will ensure
adequate fueling infrastructure is available for the increasing
numbers of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles planned for deployment in

The proposed rules are designed to ensure the development of
environmentally superior cars with a full range of models, from
compacts to SUVs and pickups that will continue to deliver the
performance, utility, and safety vehicle owners have come to
expect with significant savings thanks to reduced operating
costs. When fully implemented, annual fuel costs to operate a car
will be reduced by an average of 25 percent, with an overall
cumulative savings of $22 billion by 2025.

Greenhouse gas emissions from cars will be cut 34 percent from
2016 levels. Many of the technologies that reduce climate change
emissions also significantly reduce the operating costs of
passenger vehicles on a month-to-month basis for consumers. ARB
analysis indicates that the advanced technologies used to achieve
the new smog and greenhouse gas standards will increase a new
vehicle’s price in 2025 by about $1,900, a sum more than offset
by $6,000 in fuel cost savings over the life of the car. This
will reduce the monthly cost of a new car by $12, even when
considering the higher cost of the loan or lease.

ARB economic analysis indicates that the overall savings
generated by the proposed rules will result in an additional
21,000 jobs in California in 2025, rising to 37,000 in 2030. 

The proposed Advanced Clean Cars package of regulations is
designed to deliver: 

    * A savings of $5 Billion in operating costs in 2025 for
California drivers. This will rise to $10 Billion in 2030 when
more advanced cars are on the road;
    * A 75 percent reduction in smog-forming emissions by 2025;
    * Zero-emission or plug-in hybrid vehicles accounting for one
in seven new cars sold in California in 2025 (15.4 percent);
    * A total of 1.4 million zero-emission and plug-in hybrid
vehicles on the road in California by 2025;
    * A reduction of 52 million tons of greenhouse gases by 2025,
the equivalent of taking ten  million cars off the road;
    * A cumulative reduction of more than 870 million metric tons
of greenhouse gases through 2050.

A summary of the Advanced Clean Cars regulations is at:

The proposed rules can be found at:


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Beginning on Monday, December 12, 2011 comments on the proposed
regulations can be submitted at:


The Advanced Clean Car Program:

The proposed Advanced Clean Car program has been in development
over the past three years and is composed of four separate but
related components:

   1. Greenhouse gas standard for cars and light trucks, model
years 2017-2025
      This regulation builds on California’s first-in-the-nation
greenhouse gas standard that was later adopted by the federal
government as part of a national program.  The current proposal
to strengthen the greenhouse gas standard for 2017 models and
beyond was developed in tandem with the federal government over
the past three years including an unprecedented joint
fact-finding process with shared engineering and technical
studies. The current California program constitutes a separate
set of rules with minor variations due to separate legal
structures but is designed to parallel the proposed joint
rulemaking the Obama administration announced last month.  As a
result, California has given auto manufacturers a single national
program combining greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards that
responds to the desire for a streamlined set of rules for new
cars and light trucks.

      The proposed new standard drops greenhouse gas emissions to
166 grams per mile, a reduction of 34 percent compared to 2016
levels. This will be achieved through existing technologies (such
as hybrid cars), the use of stronger and lighter materials, and
more efficient drivetrains and engines.

   2. Reducing Smog-Forming Emissions
      California will need to reduce smog-forming pollution by an
additional 75 percent from 2014 levels to help meet more
stringent federal air quality standards expected in the next few
years. Since California continues to have the nation’s worst air
quality, and has more than 26 million cars on the road, it is
necessary to further reduce smog-forming pollution from cars.
This regulation will drive the development of the cleanest cars
yet that use diesel, gasoline-powered, or typical gas-electric
hybrid internal combustion engines.  (Note: The above two
proposed regulations are bundled into a single document under the
title “LEVIII “.)

   3.  Zero Emissions Vehicle Regulation
      This regulation builds on the program in place since 1990
and is designed to rapidly increase ZEV production to early
commercial volumes, establishing a sustainable and growing market
for these advanced technology vehicles. This will place
California on a path to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by
2050, a goal adopted by many nations and believed necessary to
stabilize climate temperature. The ZEV amendments include a
provision that allows automakers that substantially over comply
with their national GHG emission requirements across their entire
fleet to offset their ZEV requirement.

      The ZEV regulation will result in 1.4 million ZEVs on the
road by 2025 (15.4 percent of new vehicle sales in that year) in
order to be on track to reach the 2050 greenhouse gas reduction
goal. A transitional model – the plug-in hybrid car – will play a
significant role over the next twenty years but by mid-century,
87 percent of cars on the road will need to be full zero-emission
vehicles to achieve climate goals.

   4. Clean Fuel Outlets
      This regulation is designed to support the
commercialization of zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell vehicles
planned by five vehicle manufacturers by 2015 by requiring the
construction of hydrogen fueling stations. Construction of the
new stations will provide a convenient fueling infrastructure,
first within the major air basins but ultimately throughout the
state. The number of stations will expand as vehicle
manufacturers sell more fuel cell vehicles.

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

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