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California Re-Opens the ZBus Issue

August 30, 2013 in Conference/Meeting, EVs, Regulations by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Will Establish the Continued Need for ZBus Technology Development’

The California Air Resources Board is hosting a public workshop on September 17 in Diamond Bar, east of Los Angeles, to discuss updates to its Zero Emission Bus regulation.

Zero emissions in San Francisco  – California may make it a mandate.

Zero emissions in San Francisco – California may make it a mandate.

The ZBus regulation requires that, for transit agencies with 200 urban buses or more, 15% of new buses purchased be zero emission. The requirement, however, is effectively in abeyance.

At the workshop in Diamond Bar, the agency says, it “will establish the continued need for ZBus technology development.

New ZBus Rules in 2014

“ZBus manufacturers and technology providers will discuss the current state of zero-emission bus technology and where they anticipate this technology will be in the near, and medium term future. In addition, transit agencies will share their experiences with procuring zero emission buses, operating within urban fleets, and maintenance challenges and opportunities.”

Additional workshops will be held “to explore regulatory options and to take comments on draft amendments prior to taking the regulatory package to the Board in May 2014.”

CARB, Gerhard Achtelik, 916-323-8973; [email protected]

CARB, Ms. Lesley Stern, 916-323-2913; [email protected];

Source: California Air Resources Board with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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