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California to reduce carbon emissions by... banning black cars?!

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In a move that will likely get California's consumers in a huff, impending legislation may soon restrict the paint color options for Golden State residents looking for their next new vehicle. The specific colors that are currently on the chopping block are all dark hues, with the worst offender seemingly the most innocuous color you could think of: Black. What could California possibly have against these colors, you ask? Apparently, the California Air Resources Board figures that the climate control systems of dark colored cars need to work harder than their lighter siblings – especially after sitting in the sun for a few hours. Anyone living in a hot, sunny climate will tell you that this assumption is accurate, of course. In fact, legislation already exists for buildings that has proven successful at reducing the energy consumption of skyscrapers.

So, what's the crux of the problem... can't paint suppliers just come up with new, less heat-absorbent dark paints? According to Ward's, suppliers have reportedly been testing their pigments and processes to see if it's possible to meet CARB's proposed mandate of 20% solar reflectivity by 2016 with a phase-in period starting in 2012, and things aren't looking good. Apparently, when the proper pigments and chemicals are added to black paint, the resulting color is currently being referred to as "mud-puddle brown." That doesn't sound very attractive, now does it? Windshields, backlights and sunroofs are also slated to get reflective coatings starting in 2012.

When we first heard of this issue, an internal debate immediately began as to whether this might be an elaborate early April Fool's joke, but it isn't. Read through CARB's complete Cool Cars Standards and Test Procedures here (PDF link) for more. Thanks for the tip, Joaquin!

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This is, without a doubt, the stupidest automotive related thing I have ever heard.

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Well maybe they shouldn't have such strict window tinting laws then. My brother has been pulled over in CA for his tint being too dark on his Charger, when it was the factory tint from when he bought it in AZ.

Darker tint would make a much bigger difference than making everyone drive a white car, since windows actually magnify the effect of the light coming into the car. What next, no black interiors?

And sorry, I haven't noticed much of a difference between my dark cars, and lighter cars, and I live in a desert with 115 degree temperatures. The hottest car I had was very light green, but with un-tinted windows, and tan leather interior.

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Friend of mine and I did a test in the summer where we put identical thermometers in the black shadow and the green Corolla, left them in direct sunlight for 3 hours at 90 degrees or so. The Shadow was cooler than the Corolla.

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In the proposal, any vehicle with high efficiency windows & windshields would be exempt from special paint requirements. (Even the black cars)

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In the proposal, any vehicle with high efficiency windows & windshields would be exempt from special paint requirements. (Even the black cars)

Regardless, I don't think the outside color of a car makes much of a difference. It's all about the windows.

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Well, I suppose the small things really do matter. I don't have any objections, really. I don't like black vehicles anyway. One of my brother's trucks is black, and aside from the fact that it's annoying to keep clean, it's just too hot. He tends to only use it now for four-wheeling and evening travel.

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Regardless, I don't think the outside color of a car makes much of a difference. It's all about the windows.

The paint color/reflectivity doesnt just apply to cars. It also applies to homes and office buildings. I imagine that most cars will end up being exempt from these rules.

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This is as stupid as it comes, What about all the accidents that will be caused by the reflective windows???? Great we want to keep the heat out of the car so everyone gets their windows tinted with a reflective polarizing treatment and now you are blinded driving down the road by everyones windows.

What a bunch of Idiots. :mind-blowing:

Keep your f@#king hands off my choice of colors and window tints.

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The State Of California = The most anti-car government on the planet.

Sooooo glad not to live there!

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The State Of California = The most anti-car government on the planet.

Sooooo glad not to live there!

Yea along with their bankrupt state income tax and moron free hand outs to the illegals. The state will truly self destruct in time.

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Yea along with their bankrupt state income tax and moron free hand outs to the illegals. The state will truly self destruct in time.

We are already on the road to recovery. See you in the rearview mirror!

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The State Of California = The most anti-car government on the planet.

Sooooo glad not to live there!

California = Biggest most important car market in the USA.

Californians love cars more than people in other states.

Sorry if its hard to understand.

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We are already on the road to recovery. See you in the rearview mirror!

That depends on what sort of "recovery" you are talking about.

Eliminate C.A.R.B., and then we'll talk.

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That depends on what sort of "recovery" you are talking about.

Eliminate C.A.R.B., and then we'll talk.

I love the air resources board. I hope its a model for the entire nation.

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I love the air resources board. I hope its a model for the entire nation.

Therein lies the problem - we'd rather you keep that kind of crap within your borders.

I don't mind avoiding California, but I get pretty angry when it tries to invade.

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Therein lies the problem - we'd rather you keep that kind of crap within your borders.

I don't mind avoiding California, but I get pretty angry when it tries to invade.

You don't have to visit California, California will come to you ... :P

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You don't have to visit California, California will come to you ... :P

Precisely why I hate it.

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California = Biggest most important car market in the USA.

Californians love cars more than people in other states.

Sorry if its hard to understand.

California, and the people in it, need to stop thinking they are more important than everyone else. This is not the United States of California.

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California, and the people in it, need to stop thinking they are more important than everyone else. This is not the United States of California.

Amen!

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The State Of California = The most anti-car government on the planet.

Sooooo glad not to live there!

So true. First CAFE then Emissions and now this. Give me a break when people in this great free country they call the USA can't get a black car do to emissions that is crazy.

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California = Biggest most important car market in the USA.

Californians love cars more than people in other states.

Which is why the largest auto show in the US by a wide margin is in Chicago. :P

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Therein lies the problem - we'd rather you keep that kind of crap within your borders.

I don't mind avoiding California, but I get pretty angry when it tries to invade.

I can't believe someone on C&G is sticking up for the silly thing this states does.

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You don't have to visit California, California will come to you ... :P

You damn right and that is what scares me.

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