CARB Wants 15.4 Percent Of New Cars To Be Plug-In, Hydrogen By 2025

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
carb wants 15 4 percent of new cars to be plug in hydrogen by 2025

CARB has mandated that 15.4 percent of new vehicles sold in California by 2025 must be plug-in, electric or fuel cell powered. The new mandate was supported by major OEMs and could mean as many as 1.4 million zero-emissions vehicles (as well as plug-in cars) on California roads by 2025.

Regulators are hoping to offer additional incentives and credits to spur sales of the vehicles. Hydrogen re-fueling infrastructure will also be supported, though details of how this would be approached were scant. The new rules would also favor vehicles such as the Chevrolet Volt, as CARB feels that it is closer to an electric vehicle than a conventional plug-in hybrid. The Volt has been dubbed a “transitional zero-emission vehicle”.

Organizations such as the California New Car Dealers Association say that demand for these types of vehicles has been overestimated, but CARB chair Mary Nichols told a conference call that car manufacturers were in favor of the new rulings. “Probably the most heartening aspect of this whole rulemaking was the level of cooperation that we received from the industry. Overall, the degree of support for the package was just extraordinary.”

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  • Inside Looking Out Inside Looking Out on Jan 29, 2012

    The funny thing is everyone cries loud and complains now but when time comes - will go and vote for Dems, Brown, Boxers and Obama. Like in Russia - nobody is happy but when elections come they go and vote for Putin and his thugs because he is a man. How Brown is different from Putin? He has absolute majority at any given time, he is the fixture in CA politics, turned CA into bankrupt state by allowing public unions and then get elected second time around. Non of US president were able to accomplish that. Even Putin feels resistance (but will be elected no doubts about that). But Brown passed with flying colors.

  • DC Bruce DC Bruce on Jan 29, 2012

    That assumes there's anyone left in California in 2025. The way things are going, California will be populated by a small group of software engineers, lawyers, movie stars, movie moguls and venture capitalists . . . supported by an immigrant army to tend their gardens, clean their houses. All the cool stuff they design will actually be built in sweatshops in China. Of course, they will decry the income inequality of it all.

  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Jan 29, 2012

    Hey, what ever happened to the Clarity (shown in the photo)? It's a car I was very interested in, and thought it was pretty good-looking, too.

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    • Les Les on Jan 31, 2012

      @redav The point isn't that Hydrogen is or isn't more energy efficient than just straight charging your car off the mains, it's that Hydrogen is a better storage-medium for energy in portable form for automotive use than current battery technology. If you could drive 2-300 miles off a single charge and recharge in a minute or two then Hydrogen wouldn't even be on the table.

  • Aardvark Aardvark on Jan 30, 2012

    What do the Carbon nazis do about cars purchased out of state and brought into Cally to be registered? Unless they can control that, they are just helping out dealers in Arizona, Nevada and Oregon who are close enough to the state line to make the drive over worth it. Test drive the ICE version at your local dealer, order the same car online from the dealer in Vegas, and treat the spouse to a nice weekend with a return trip in new wheels that don't overtax the grid.

    • Bolhuijo Bolhuijo on Jan 30, 2012

      The "Carbon nazis" have already fixed that. You can't register the car in CA unless it meets the in-state requirements, and you will also pay the state sales tax too. There is no practical advantage in buying out of state.