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California wants 1 million electric vehicles on roads by 2020

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California wants 1 million electric vehicles on roads by 2020

David Shepardson / Detroit News Washington Bureau

Washington -- California wants 1 million battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles on the Golden State's roadways in a decade.

The nation's largest state unveiled a new plan for its energy future two days in advance of the Air Resources Board considering a first-in-the-nation rule requiring that a third of electricity come from clean, green sources by 2020.

That will ensure that vehicles like the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt, electric Ford Focus and plug-in electric Toyota Prius have lower overall emissions -- because the electricity will come from cleaner sources.

While there are just a few thousand electric vehicles in the United States today -- 1 million electric vehicles in California would still be a small percentage of the state's total vehicle fleet of more than 32 million cars and trucks.

But California has about 200,000 hybrid vehicles -- the most of any state.

By the 2018 model year, California plans to require automakers to build a larger number of zero-emission vehicles -- either from fuel cells or fully electric vehicles. The Air Resources Board plans to finalize how many emission-free vehicles it requires by next year.

By 2020, the state is working to have the infrastructure in place to handle those electric vehicles and says that's a "central component" of its strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is working to reform electric retail rates on the wholesale market to ensure that "additional electrification minimizes infrastructure cost and maximizes both integration of renewable resources."

"California's energy policy must be clear and focused on meeting our advanced efficiency and renewable energy goals," Air Resources Board Chairwoman Mary Nichols said.

Separately, California, automakers and the Obama administration are working together to set the next round of fuel efficiency and emissions limits for the 2017 model year and beyond. The so-called "Notice of Intent" -- the first indication of where the new requirements may end up -- is due out by Sept. 30.

Many environmental groups want the Obama administration to require a fleetwide average of 60 mpg by 2025 for cars and light trucks. Automakers note they already agreed to a fleetwide average of 35 mpg by 2016 -- four years ahead of a congressional mandate.

"Before we have even achieved those new heights, the calls have begun to almost double mileage," said Dave McCurdy, president and CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the trade group representing Detroit's Big Three automakers, Toyota Motor Corp. and seven others. "Instead of plucking numbers out of the air, we should base policy on science."

In an interview last week, Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., chairman of the House Select Committee on Global Warming, said the administration should set the highest mpg figure that's technically feasible, but didn't back a 60 mpg standard.

The Obama administration is also working on a proposed rule to set the first-ever fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks.

From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20100921/UPDATE/9210432/1148/auto01/California-wants-1-million-electric-vehicles-on-roads-by-2020#ixzz10CtvtajW

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CALIFORNIA AIMS FOR 1 MILLION EVS BY 2020

By Mark Kleis

California, a leader in bringing environmental concerns to the forefront of the automotive industry with its unique and stringent emissions requirements, has now suggested that it hopes to have one million electric vehicles on its roads by 2020.

The discussion concerning the future of electric vehicles in California was raised due to the impending vote set to take place on Thursday concerning the state's climate change law, according to The Modesto Bee. The vote is centered around the energy source being used to fuel the so-called "green" electric vehicles, with the initiate aiming to require utility companies to obtain or produce at least one-third of their energy from renewable energy sources.

If passed, the new law would allow the California Air Resource Board to expand far-reaching rules and regulations concerning the state's renewable electricity standard, all part of Governor Schwarzenegger's dual-purposed initiative aimed at both reducing greenhouse gas emissions and provide a boost to the struggling state's clean-energy sector, according to Modbee.

Currently, California leads the nation in hybrid vehicle adoption with about 200,000 gas-electrics currently registered, according to The Detroit News. But as electric vehicles begin to enter the market place, the state hopes for even wider adoption of more environmentally friendly vehicles - with special attention paid to the total environmental impact by tracing not only energy consumption, but energy sources.

Tuesday several organizations gathered to discuss the initiate, including CARB, the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Energy Commission, the California Environmental Protection Agency and the nonprofit California Independent system Operator Corporation - all of which vowed to work together to reduce bureaucracy for clean-air projects based on renewable energy.

"California's energy policy must be clear and focused on meeting our advanced efficiency and renewable energy goals," said CARB Chairman Mary Nichols.

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