CA Air Board to Vote on Landmark Electric-Car Rules

Today, the California Air Board will vote on (and are expected to approve) new rules that will reshape the auto industry in the state by 2025. The new rules will require that 15% of new cars sold in California run on electricity, hydrogen or other systems producing little or no smog.

The regulations by the California Air Resources Board, dubbed the “advanced clean car rules,” would start in 2018, ramping up each year and ultimately resulting in 1.4 million “zero emission” vehicles on California roads by 2025. Today there are only about 10,000 such vehicles in the state.

Apart from electric cars, the new proposal also affects vehicles that run on gasoline and diesel, requiring a 75 percent reduction in smog-forming emissions from new cars, SUVs, pickups and minivans. And they require a roughly 50 percent reduction in carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas will force carmakers to build significantly more fuel-efficient gasoline and diesel models.

Read the full article on the San Jose Mercury site.

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