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newsrel -- Air Resources Board approves first of new generation of clean cars

Posted: 26 Dec 2012 14:25:41
Please consider the following news release from the California
Air resources Board:

DECEMBER 26, 2012


CONTACT:  Stanley Young
PHONE: (916) 322-2990
EMAIL: syoung@arb.ca.gov

Air Resources Board approves first of new generation of clean
2014 Honda Plug-in Hybrid Accord is first to meet California’s
new strict standard
SACRAMENTO—The Air Resources Board has approved the first car for
sale in California that meets ARB’s most stringent smog-emission
standard to date.

The 2014 Honda Plug-In Hybrid Accord produces only 20 milligrams
of combined smog-forming emissions per mile. This makes it the
first gasoline-powered car in California to meet what is known as
the SULEV20 standard, the most stringent in the nation and
one-third cleaner (in terms of smog-forming pollution) than the
previous lowest state standard. In addition, this Honda model has
lower greenhouse gas emissions than the fleet average standard
required by all cars in 2025, the equivalent of a 50-percent
reduction from current required levels. 

“Once again, Honda is the first to comply with ARB’s most
stringent standard,” said Tom Cackette, ARB’s Deputy Executive
Office and head of the mobile source program. “Honda has
demonstrated that a dedicated commitment to the environment and
advanced engineering at every level of the company can deliver
the cleanest cars well ahead of schedule.”

Honda has a history of being the first manufacturer to comply
with California’s strict emission standards. In 1995, the 1996
Civic was the first certified Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) gasoline
vehicle. In 1997, the 1998 Accord was the first ultra-low
emission vehicle (ULEV) gasoline vehicle. The following year, in
1999, the 2000 Accord was the first certified Super Ultra-low
Emission Vehicle (SULEV) gasoline vehicle. In 2001, the 2001
Civic GX powered by compressed natural gas was the first
certified Advanced Technology Partial Zero-Emission Vehicle (AT
PZEV).  In 2002, the 2003 Civic Hybrid was the first certified
Advanced Technology Partial Zero-Emission Vehicle. (AT PZEV)
hybrid vehicle. 

The Executive Order allowing Honda to sell the newly certified
ultra-clean cars in California was signed on December 21,
following a detailed examination of emissions and performance
test results. Honda began production of the car that same day.

As a result of the advanced technology in its design, the
full-size sedan model achieves 124 MPGe city / 105 MPGe highway
in hybrid mode, and 47 MPG city / 46 MPG  highway in standard
(gas only) mode.

The low emissions standards that this Honda model meets are part
of the state’s Advanced Clean Cars package of regulations,
adopted in January 2012, that will ensure increasingly cleaner
cars for sale in the state, and provide for increased choices of
zero-emission vehicles.

When fully in force in 2025, the new set of standards will reduce
smog-causing pollutants from low-emission vehicles 75 percent
from current levels, and greenhouse gases by 34 percent. This
will result in less overall vehicle emissions and cleaner air,
along with more efficient cars that will ultimately require less
fossil fuel to operate. The new requirements will save California
drivers $5 billion in operating costs in 2025, and $10 billion by
2030 when more advanced cars are on the road


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