Tuesday, 31 January 2012

California Emissions Rules could Boost Electric Cars.

The California Air Resources Board, or CARB, approved new policies for vehicles that is said will boost demand for electric-vehicle technology while decreasing pollution and the adverse effects of cars and trucks on public health.

The most striking detail of the plan is a change to the Zero Emissions Vehicle program that requires battery, fuel cell, and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles to account for up to 15% of the state’s new-vehicle sales by 2025 (so we'll be waiting at least a decade then!!) . The board said the program will result in more than one million of these “green” vehicles being sold in California from 2018 to 2025.

The rule could be a big boost for the electric-car industry, which has suffered of late from a lack of consumer demand.

now comes the cheesey quote - “California is putting the pedal to the metal on electric cars and healthier air by strengthening its clean-car standards,” attributed to David Friedman, deputy director of the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Clean Vehicles program.

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