‘Clean Up’ Amendments Slated for October Board Meeting
California Air Resources Board staff has recommended minor modifications to the Zero Emission Vehicle Regulation, to be considered at an agency board meeting in Sacramento October 24-25.
CARB is expected to close a loophole pertaining to electric vehicle battery swapping as an equivalent to fast-charging (there is no commercial battery swapping), and to adjust ZEV credit pooling and trading requirements – especially how they relate to credits for vehicles placed in other states that have adopted the California requirements (Section 177 compliance).
Currently, notes a just-posted CARB staff report, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Toyota, and Volkswagen are required to produce pure ZEVs to comply with the 2018 and subsequent model year requirements.
‘15% by 2025’
Subaru, Volvo, Jaguar Land Rover, and Mitsubishi) are also required to comply with the ZEV requirements, but may meet their obligation completely with TZEVs – Transitional Zero Emission Vehicles, usually a plug-in hybrid electric, staff notes.
“By 2025,” states the staff report, “compliance with the requirements will likely result in more than 15% of new sales [in California] to be ZEVs and TZEVs.”
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Source: California Air Resources Board with Fleets & Fuels follow-up