The California Air Resources Board last week finalized the state’s Advanced Clean Car regulation. CARB said that more than 15% of new cars sold in the state – more than 250,000 – will be zero-emission vehicles in 2025, as compared with just 4% ZEVs in 2025 under the current regulatory scheme.
“The new rules will clean up gasoline and diesel-powered cars, and deliver increasing numbers of zero-emission technologies, such as full battery electric cars, newly emerging plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell cars. The package will also ensure adequate fueling infrastructure is available for the increasing numbers of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles planned for deployment in California,” the agency said.
“The California Advanced Clean Car rules will clean our air, fight climate change and provide cars that save consumers thousands of dollars at the pump,” CARB chair Mary Nichols said in a release. They “will create thousands of new jobs,” she said, “transforming California into the advanced car capital of the world.”
The CARB vote “was truly historic and will encourage accelerated growth of the clean transportation technology industry,” said Calstart president and CEO John Boesel.
CARB says that California drivers will save $5 billion in operating costs in 2025, and $10 billion by 2030 when more advanced cars are on the road. “In 2025, average consumers will see nearly $6,000 in fuel cost savings over the life of the car.”
“California is now in pole position in the race to provide next-generation ultra-clean cars to the global car market,” Nichols said.
The California program is designed to parallel the proposed federal joint rulemaking the Obama administration announced last summer, “with minor variations due to separate legal structures… Once the proposed federal standards are adopted, they will be deemed sufficient for compliance in California.” The result will be “a streamlined set of rules for new cars and light trucks and… a single national program for manufacturers that addresses both greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards.”
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