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CARB Claims Automakers Can Meet 2025 Mandate Now

Organization says greenhouse gas ban curbing emissions.

by on Jan.24, 2017

A new CARB report claims that automakers can meet the 2025 emissions mandates now.

The California Air Resources Board claims that the world’s carmakers already have the technology required to meet tighter emission standards for the 2022–2025 model year mandate as the state’s residents acquire 1 million more “zero” emission vehicles.

“The recent Detroit auto show shined a spotlight on the fact that we are fully engaged in a global transformation towards autonomous vehicles, with hybrid cars an industry norm and electric models appearing across models and platforms,” said CARB Chair Mary D. Nichols.

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“Our standards need to recognize and keep pace with that market reality to keep California and the nation fully competitive in the global automobile marketplace. The conclusion is inescapable: California’s vehicle future is electric,” Nichols said. (more…)

CARB Forcing VW, Audi, Porsche to Fix More Diesels

Sport-utility powerplants have cheat code.

by on Nov.30, 2015

The California Air Resources Board ordered Porsche and Audi vehicles using a 3.0-liter diesel engine to brought into compliance.

The Volkswagen Group faces new challenges in selling diesel-powered Porsche and Audi utility vehicles in the state of California.

The California Air Resources Board today sent an In Use Compliance letter notifying Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche to start the process necessary to recall and repair illegal emissions software in all 3.0-liter diesel vehicles, model years 2009 – 2015, sold in California.

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Audi has played up the performance advantages of the 3.0-liter diesel engines used in utility vehicles, such as the Audi Q7, and the 3.0-liter diesel is popular in Porsche’s two most popular utility vehicles, the Cayenne and Macan. (more…)

Gas-Powered Cars Could Soon Become Exception, Not Rule, in California

State clean air chief wants nearly 100% Zero-Emission Vehicles by 2030.

by on Aug.10, 2015

The California Air Resources Board continues its push to zero emissions from vehicles by 2030, which means EV makers like Tesla could be big winners in California.

With gas prices plunging, clean air proponents are watching as sales of battery-based vehicles take a nosedive. But don’t tell that to Mary Nichols, the director of the powerful California Air Resources Board. Whether through financial incentives or fiat, Nichols expects to see nearly 100% of the cars sold in the Golden State by 2030 powered by batteries, hydrogen or some other clean source of energy.

California’s Zero-Emissions Vehicle, or ZEV, mandate, has already shaken up the automotive industry. This year, it sets a goal of having 2.7% of the vehicles sold in the state run on alternative power – just like the battery-powered Honda Fit Nichols herself drives.

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“If we’re going to get our transportation system off petroleum,” Nichols said in an interview with Bloomberg news service, “we’ve got to get people used to a zero-emissions world, not just a little-bit-better version of the world they have now.” (more…)