California swings for the fences again

By Jim Taylor, Editor MACS ACtion Magazine

After noting that California continues to have the nation’s worst air quality, and has more than 26 million cars on the road, the state’s Air Resources Board (CARB) has released the package of advanced clean car rules to be submitted for formal acceptance on January 26th.

CARB has developed its Advanced Clean Cars program to 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, they say, 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.

Two of the points in the proposed program encourage substantial leaps in products and technology. The  zero emissions vehicle (ZEV) regulation is designed to rapidly increase ZEV production and result in 1.4 million ZEVs on the road by 2025 or 15.4 percent of new vehicle sales in that year. 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.

Another area coming under scrutiny will be “clean fuel outlets,”  and new regulations will support the commercialization of zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell vehicles by requiring fuel suppliers and refiners to construct hydrogen fueling stations. The number of stations will expand as vehicle manufacturers sell more fuel cell vehicles.
Find the complete proposal at and submit your  comments at


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