California Proposes Stringent Requirements for Automakers

California is in the middle of a major dispute with automakers regarding future standards on smog and fuel economy. California requires auto manufacturers to achieve significantly increased sales of electric or hybrid vehicles - up to 14% by 2025. The manufacturers response came soon, stating that having differing regional standards simply complicates matters and would rather have California fall in line with a national proposal of fuel economy standards which automakers should achieved with 2012-2016 targets.

Also worth mentioning is that legislators at the California Air Resources Board have said they are planning to stick with their original plan.

In order to complicate matters more there are still requests coming from auto manufacturers for a graduated schedule of national fuel economy increases, instead of yearly increases as proposed by the Obama Administration.We’d also mention that EV infrastructure in many cold weather states would make California targets very difficult to achieve, as related by

The California Air Resources Board ZEV (Zero Emissions Vehicle) plan will be a hard target to achieve. At the moment 10 states fallow the program which represent 30% of the entire U.S. vehicle market, which means that fines resulted by failing to meet the requirements will be indirectly passed on to customers in the form of significantly higher prices.

The fuel economy standards will be revised by September according to the Obama administration, on the other side of the barricade, CARB plans to update its own. Give the nature of discussions there is more time needed until an agreement is reached.
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