Sacramento, California -- Auto makers must triple their planned production of zero-emissions vehicles (ZEV) between 2012 and 2014-to 7500 from 2500, according to a vote from the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
Manufacturers may satisfy the ZEV requirement by producing 5,357 vehicles that qualify as long-range fuel vehicles, or 12 500 battery-electric vehicles with a range of 100 miles, according to the Automotive Service Association (ASA). The board also requires auto makers to produce 66 000 plug-in hybrids during the period, though that requirement is waived if they make 25 000 ZEVs.
California created the ZEV program in 1990 to encourage clean-car technological advancements, ASA said.
From Tire Business (A Crain publication)
Press release from CARB