• Mar 18th 2008 at 2:52PM
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Plug in America is calling on Governor Schwarzenegger to "live up to his vow to turn back the clock on pollution" by reviving the historic ZEV (Zero Emissions Vehicle) program. How did they do it? The got people from 45 states and 13 countries, as well as few celebrities, to fax a letter to him asking to remove a million cars from roads, or replacing them by EVs.

On March 27, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is voting to revise its ZEV program. The program once proudly called for 10 percent of all vehicles sold in California to be zero emission and resulted in thousands of electric vehicles on the road. The revision, however, "will profoundly weaken the program again instead of propelling our country toward a pollution-free future," Plug In America's letter states. Instead of the 10 percent mandate, the proposal would merely require each of America's major automakers to produce about 150 ZEVs per year through 2015. This is fewer than the number required under the mandate when the electric car was killed the first time in 2003, according to Plug In America Executive Director Chelsea Sexton.

Plug In America's letter also is signed by "Who Killed the Electric Car?" director Chris Paine. He will be filming the air board's March 27 vote for his sequel, "Who Saved the Electric Car."

[Source: Plug-in America]

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      • 8 Months Ago
      It might make more sense for California to focus on grid-connected EVs a.k.a. railways:

      - integration of various privately owned rail corridors into a single network, incl. the service time tables

      - phased elimination of level crossings in densely populated areas, addition of noise abatement measures where required

      - construction of biomass-fired power plants in the central valley, with CO2 recycling in greenhouses

      - overhead electrification of existing rail corridors, with generous stationary energy buffers (superflywheels or ultracaps) serving each segment

      - construction of a new statewide high-speed rail network, intended to boost future economic & population growth in the central valley and, to avoid even worse congestion at airports and on the freeways in the Bay Area, LA Basin and San Diego.

      - transport of additional electricity from the central valley to stationary users in the Bay Area, LA basin and San Diego via the rail system

      - geographic extension of existing regional rail services like BART, especially directly to airports

      - secured rolling stock added to selected trains: external doors do not open except at airport station platforms, which are divided into regular and secure sections

      - boarding pass kiosk for all airlines serving passengers with electronic tickets, located in secured rolling stock

      - security inspection on the train, permitting cleared passengers and their baggage to cross from the regular to the secured rolling stock

      - dedication of traffic lanes on selected roads between railway stations and major residential or commercial areas to selected low pollution road vehicles: buses with DPF + urea injection, alt fuel buses, true EVs, electric bicycles etc.

      It's this last point that will drive volume demand for true EVs, especially from fleet, taxi and sharecab operators. They can generate sufficient revenue to afford vehicles with adequate power and range and, the associated recharge infrastructure.
      • 8 Months Ago
      I meant plug-in America, not Calcars.
      • 8 Months Ago
      I would think the letter could have been a little more impressive. How about a petition signed by The People, names of individuals from all of the orgs and celebs? How about carbon copying all of the news outlets? How about calling on everyone to write/ call/ fax the Terminator and CARB? Geeze, with CalCars I'd expect a little more than a paragraph about Nora.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Requiring a certain number of ZEVs be built won't do much good if they are not sold.

      I propose an alternative: Require all new car dealers in the state to offer at least one ZEV model for sale to their customers. That way, demand will drive production, rather than government quotas. If the success of Tesla is any indication, the result would be a lot more ZEV cars on the road than a quota would get.

      The auto manufacturers could decide if they wanted to produce ZEVs, or get ZEVs from another manufacturer, or let their dealers get their own ZEVs for resale.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Buy stock in PG&E, they will make a killing on EV's.
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