California Regulators Unanimously Approve Hybrid, EV Quotas, Strict Emissions Laws

By Joel Arellano | January 30, 2012
Earlier this month, the California Air Resource Board met to vote on the state's latest auto emissions laws. Federal and state governments, as well as most automakers, keenly watched the proceedings since California environmental laws tend not only to be stricter than most federal mandates, but followed by other states and the federal agencies as well. The board unanimously approved the new rules late last week. Key elements include reduction of pollutants by 75-percent and greenhouse gas emissions by more than 30-percent by 2025. The rulings push for one-in-seven vehicles, or over one million cars, crossover, SUVs, etc., to utilize a zero-emission powertrain, that is, an electric vehicle or hybrid by that year as well.'s take: As we previously pointed out in an earlier post, the last time CARB tried to implement such a sweeping program, the mandates proved costly not only to the state but the auto industry who tried to follow it (namely General Motors and its short-lived EV1.) Expect even more challenges from not only the usual suspects (automakers, oil companies, etc.) but normally "green" supporters like environmentalists (who have issues with possible increase in use of ethanol), and oddities like Canada (who supply the U.S. with most of its oil).
What do you think of the latest CARB mandates? As always, let us know in the comments below. Source: USA Today