California makes big push on low-emissions cars
California maintained its reputation Friday for the most stringent vehicle emissions rules in the nation by passing a new set of regulations requiring even cleaner cars.
As reported on the Greenspace blog, the new regulations by the state Air Resources Board mean that automakers must offer an increased number of zero or very low emission cars starting with model year 2018. One in seven cars sold in the state needs to be pollution-free by 2025.
Automakers have resisted such rules changes in the past, but now seem to accept them as an inevitability of doing business in a state with a green bent and an enormous car market. The move is expected to drive up car prices an average of $1,900 by 2025.
Electric or hydrogen cell cars currently represent a tiny percentage of the 26 million vehicles on the road in California.
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-- Bettina Boxall
Photo: An employee parks a Toyota gas-electric hybrid car at a Los Angeles dealership. The California Air Resources Board is poised to vote on new rules that would require automakers to build cars and trucks by 2025 that emit about three-quarters less in smog-producing pollutants, and to mandate that one of every seven new cars sold in the state be a zero emission or plug-in hybrid vehicle. Credit: Reed Saxon / Associated Press