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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) meets tomorrow. Their plan is to weaken the laws that govern pollution from automobiles. In particular they plan to reduce the number of Zero Emission Vehicles that were originally required by the law popularly known as the Zero Emissions Mandate or ZEV Mandate. In a show of public will we need anyone available from San Francisco to Reno to come to the rally and let CARB know that Zero Emission Vehicles, with out any dictates to which technology will get us them, should be in large numbers on the road. Plug-in hybrids should be encouraged as well as pure electric vehicles that use batteries and if the automakers want to make fuel cell vehicles sooner rather than later in large numbers they are certainly welcome to do so. The point is, we need those vehicles on the road now, so CARB shouldn’t be working to limit the numbers of vehicles in the near future. Be there to show your support for clean air that comes from having cleaner cars.

Plug in America Press Conference and Rally

Date: Wednesday - March 26, 2008

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Where: California EPA Building

..........1001 I Street

..........Sacramento, Ca

Originally posted to reckonrecon on Wed Mar 26, 2008 at 05:33 AM PDT.

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  •  Tesla Roadster (2+ / 0-)
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    Tonedevil, joelado

    Tesla Motors put out a press release highlighting:

    ...Many of the recommendations in the ISOR are misguided; for example, concluding that "given the current state of battery technology staff doesn’t anticipate that manufacturers will produce any battery powered EV prior to 2012." On the contrary, on March 17, 2008, Tesla Motors began production of the Tesla Roadster, an EPA, DOT, NHTSA and CARB certified zero emission, full performance, battery-powered electric vehicle.

    •  While the Tesla is awesome, (1+ / 0-)
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      it's $98K price tag is a bit out of the price range of most consumers. I'm hoping they put out a cheaper version sometime soon.  

      •  It is already in the works. (0+ / 0-)

        However, expecting one company to change the air quality of the nation with even 10,000 vehicles sold a year nation wide is not realistic. We need a much bigger impact with hundreds of thousands of vehicles being produced a year all competing to be the least polluting. CARB should be looking for ways to change the game so that automakers work hard to get away from inefficiency designs such as superpower gasoline cars with enormous internal combustion engines and massive amounts of steel, to super fast electric cars that meet peoples needs, yet use energy more efficiently.

        Dr. Andy Frank at UC Davis has been doing prototype plug-in vehicles for decades now, and the great majority of this vehicles are big SUVs. He has a Chevy Suburban that gets better gas mileage than a Toyota Prius because most of the pushing is done by the electric motor which has a lot more torque then an internal combustion engine. So when it comes to these new technologies, size really doesn't matter all that much. You can have a big electric vehicle and it will still be a zero emission vehicle.

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