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newsrel -- Air Resources Board completes its commitment to a national greenhouse gas standard for cars, 2017-2025

Posted: 15 Nov 2012 13:40:56
Board agrees to accept federal standards as equivalent to
California’s; final step to establishing single national program.

Contact: Dave Clegern
PIO: 916-322-2990

Sacramento—The Air Resources Board today approved an amendment
allowing compliance with national greenhouse gas emissions
regulations for passenger vehicles to qualify for compliance
under the California’s clean car rules.
“The Board’s action today is the final step in establishing a
single national program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by
increasing vehicle efficiency,” said Air Resources Board Chairman
Mary D. Nichols. “It is the culmination of two years of close
cooperation with the Obama Administration to develop strong
standards that will save consumers money at the pump, move us
away from our dependence on petroleum and help clean our air.”

The approved amendment, known as a “deem to comply” measure,
acknowledges that the federal vehicle standard satisfies
California’s requirements. Approval of the amendment marks the
fulfillment of a commitment California made in the summer of 2011
to auto manufacturers and the Obama administration to accept the
proposed federal standards as equivalent to its own.

The greenhouse gas standards under the California Low Emission
Vehicle (LEV III) standard, like the federal program, will be in
effect for the 2017 through 2025 model years and are designed to
reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 35 percent over that period.

Many of the technologies that reduce climate change and tailpipe
emissions also significantly improve fuel economy, which will
result in these cleaner cars costing less to operate than today’s

The full package of California regulations, including tailpipe
standards for smog-causing pollution and a mandate for specific
numbers of zero emission vehicles will save California drivers $5
billion dollars in operating costs in 2025, and $10 billion
dollars by 2030 when more advanced cars are on the road.

In addition, in 2025, average consumers will see nearly $6,000 in
fuel cost savings over the life of the car. Based on typical
financing for a new vehicle, savings accrue the minute the car
drives off the lot.

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