General Motors has proposed what it’s calling a “National Zero Emission Vehicle (NZEV) program” that would require automakers to sell a minimum volume of plug-in or fuel cell vehicles in the US. While this may sound like an innovative idea, it could dramatically undercut existing programs in states including California that are showing real leadership in cutting vehicle emissions. The GM proposal calls for a 50-state ZEV sales requirement of “15% credits” by 2025, but that doesn’t mean a 15% sales requirement. In fact, it would be far short of that, at best requiring less than 5 percent ZEV sales in the US by 2025, and potentially much less, while potentially undercutting both state-level electric vehicle requirements and federal greenhouse gas emission standards.
October 30, 2018 4:04 PM EDT
What Will It Take for Automakers to Meet California’s EV Requirements? Not as Much as You Might Think.
April 26, 2017 9:28 AM EDT
California’s Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) regulation has been instrumental in catalyzing the EV market, and has also long been a source of complaint for automakers. But, automakers are demonstrating they can meet 2025 ZEV targets that requires them to sell less than 8% new EVs—and that meeting these targets is good for business. Read more >
March 24, 2017 1:36 PM EDT
Today the California Air Resources Board will evaluate a midterm review of its Advanced Clean Car Program (ACC) and decide how it will move forward with standards designed to reduce global warming pollution and air quality pollutants from new vehicles. One key part of the standards, the zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) regulation, requires auto manufacturers to make an increasing number of plug-in hybrid, battery electric and fuel-cell electric vehicles available to car buyers. The evidence shows that California’s ACC standards are working. Read more >
January 18, 2017 3:41 PM EDT
California’s influential Air Resources Board has just released a comprehensive assessment of the status of the state’s “Advanced Clean Car” regulations. While the report is not only about electric vehicles, the state’s Zero Emission Vehicle program is evaluated in detail. Overall, the findings are very positive on how California’s leadership on clean vehicle policy has spurred much of the auto industry to make new technologies available for consumers. Read more >
April 8, 2016 11:53 AM EDT
There have been lines for the Model 3 across the U.S. and around the world. I think even Tesla CEO Elon Musk was surprised at this initial level of enthusiasm. Read more >