California Zero-Emission Vehicle Regulations

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Regulatory Documents for the 2003 Amendments to
the California Zero-Emission Vehicle Regulations


RULEMAKING ON THE 2003 AMENDMENTS TO THE
CALIFORNIA ZERO-EMISSION VEHICLE REGULATIONS

(February 27, 2003 Hearing - Postponed to March 27, 2003 Hearing)


FINAL APPROVAL / OAL ACTION
On February 25, 2004, the Final Regulation Order and Supplement to the Final Regulation Order were approved by the Office of Administrative Law and filed with the Secretary of State. The amendments become operative March 26, 2004.


ADOPTED REGULATIONS AND MATERIALS SUBMITTED TO OAL

Posted February 25, 2004

Posted January 9, 2004

Posted December 22, 2003

  • Executive Order G-03-069 - Signed December 19, 2003 (MSW97 - 38K) or (PDF - 17K)

    • Attachment 1 - Final Regulation Order (MSW97 - 164K) or (PDF - 90K)

    • Attachment 2 - Amendments to the "California Exhaust Emission Standards and Test Procedures for 2005 and Subsequent Model Zero-Emission Vehicles, and 2001 and Subsequent Model Hybrid Electric Vehicles, in the Passenger Car, Light-Duty Truck and Medium-Duty Vehicle Classes" (MSW97 - 224K) or (PDF - 130K)

    • Attachment 3 - Identification of Nonsubstantive Corrections Made to the 2003 Amendments to the ZEV Regulation and Test Procedures Document After the Second 15-Day Comment Period (MSW97 - 20K) or (PDF - 8K)

    • Attachment 4 - ARB Staff Response To Comments Raising Significant Environmental Issues Regarding the 2003 ZEV Amendments (MSW97 - 93K) or (PDF - 28K)
A business or person submitting a comment to a proposed regulation or proposed amendment or repeal of a regulation or any person who specifically request it has the right to request a copy of the Final Statement of Reasons (FSOR). Upon its completion, the Final Statement of Reasons (FSOR) will be available and copies may be requested from the agency contact persons, or may be obtained in electronic form from this web page.


HEARING ACTION AND SUPPLEMENTAL 15-DAY NOTICES
Posted October 3, 2003
The following documents were posted on October 3, 2003. The postal mailing will be completed by October 10, 2003:
  • Second Notice of Public Availability of Modified Regulatory Text for the Public Hearing to Consider Adoption of the 2003 Amendments to the California Zero-Emission Vehicle Regulations (HTML) or (MSW97 - 34K) or (PDF - 15K) 

    • Attachment I: Excerpts of Proposed Regulation Order with Modified Text Showing Modifications Made Available with Second "15-Day" Notice (MSW97 - 73K) or (PDF - 37K)

    Also Available for Downloading:

  • Modifications to the Proposed Regulation Order Made Available with Second "15-Day" Notice (MSW97 - 198K) or (PDF - 123K)

  • Proposed Modifications To The California Exhaust Emission Standards and Test Procedures for 2003 and Subsequent Model Zero-Emission Vehicles and 2001 and Subsequent Model Hybrid Electric Vehicles in the Passenger Car, Light-Duty Truck and Medium-Duty Vehicle Classes (MSW97 - 225K) or (PDF - 144K)
Posted July 29, 2003
The following documents were posted July 29, 2003. The postal mailing will be completed by August 8, 2003:
  • Notice of Public Availabilty of Modified Text and Supporting Documents and Information - Deadline for Public Comment: August 25, 2003 (HTML) or (MSW97 - 34K) or (PDF - 14K)

    Also Available for Downloading:

  • Proposed Modifications to the California Exhaust Emission Standards and Test Procedures for 2003 and Subsequent Model Zero-Emission Vehicles and 2001 and Subsequent Model Hybrid Electric Vehicles in the Passenger Car, Light-Duty Truck and Medium-Duty Vehicle Classes (MSW97 - 217K) or (PDF - 137K)

Posted April 28, 2003


The Air Resources Board conducted its hearing on the proposed 2003 amendments to the California Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) regulations on March 27-28, 2003 in Sacramento. The Board received all timely written comments and heard testimony from the approximately 75 persons offering oral comments. The record was then closed to all subsequent comments until a supplemental "15-day" comment period is announced April 24, 2003, to solicit public input to specific modifications to the originally-noticed proposal.
Following the testimony, Board members discussed their positions on various issues and potential motions. They ultimately agreed to postpone a vote on a specific set of amendments until the Board's next regularly scheduled meeting on April 24, 2003. The Board asked staff to frame a limited number of issues with respect to the implications of potential alternatives. The focus will be on the number of Type III (fuel cell) ZEVs that would be required during the 2005-2008 model years under the alternative compliance pathway if all large manufacturers participate; the extent if any that alternative pathway obligations for Type III ZEVs could be met with greater numbers of Type I or II battery electric vehicles under an appropriate credit mechanism; the number of Type III ZEVs that would be required under the alternative pathway in the 2009-2011and 2012-2014 model years respectively; smoothing the ramp-up after the 2014 model year; and treatment of "plug-in" hybrid electric vehicles.


PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE AND RELATED MATERIAL
Proposed Modifications (Added March 10, 2003)
In response to comments received since issuance of the hearing notice, staff has prepared additional proposed modifications to the Staff Proposal released for public comment on January 10, 2003. The modifications will be considered by the Board along with the amendments orginally proposed by staff, at the hearing scheduled for March 27, 2003. The following documents describe these modifications:


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INFORMAL REGULATORY ACTIVITY




Rulemaking Activity for 2003