• Mar 26, 2010
California's controversial "cool cars" guidelines have been laid to rest. According to a report from The Detroit News, the ill supported legislation is no more and automakers can rejoice. The pressure was too much for the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to handle any longer, and automakers, law enforcement officials and crime victim advocates are likely to celebrate their victory.

If you're unclear about what we're speaking about, California's "Cool Cars" legislation was to be adopted into law in May. The rules aimed to reduce heat within a vehicle and thus lower greenhouse gas emissions. The plan included guidelines to reduce the sun's energy from penetrating a vehicle by 45 percent by 2014 and 60 percent by 2016. The method for achieving this goal included factory installed glazing (window tint) on each and every vehicle sold in California.

Many objections arose. Patrol officers were concerned for their safety, stating that the tint would restrict their view into a vehicle. Sheriff offices argued that the tint could affect cell phone signal quality and thus prevent drivers from contacting emergency services such as 911. Automakers complained that the added costs to tint vehicles would be significant. Complaints poured in from out of state law enforcement and politicians alike.

Of course, "Cool Cars" may be dead, but a CARB spokesman has gone on record stating that the organization will pursue other methods to reduce air conditioning emissions and to provide "cooler" cars in the future. Hat tip to John!

[Source: Detroit News]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Good for them!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hear that California is simply going to ban air conditioners in cars now. Existing cars that don't have the units removed will be assessed a yearly $400 "cool tax".
      • 4 Years Ago
      Small victory over the Al Gore bunch.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm about as much of a fiscal liberal as they come and even I recognized this as wasteful and inefficient.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Relax guys. If it had stayed a law it would have been a mild tint, to allow CHP to still see in. There's a big industry of tinting here in Cali, so I imagine those guys were a little peeved that this legislation would eat their lunch. It's not difficult for manufacturers to do a mild tint, and it does help to keep the heat down. Remember, manufacturers have been building 50th state cars for years, starting with the Catalytic Converter adoption in '75 and extending to cat adoption on bikes recently. Cali leads the nation in cleaner designs, and though it sometime pisses us off, each of these changes rippled to the nation and often the world, and it's because of CARB.

        And finally if CARB had kept their zero emissions mandate in the days of the EV1, we'd likely all have fully adopted EVs by now. I'm not threatened by CARB.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned." - Milton Friedman

      You can count on the civil servants to come up with another nutbar law.
      • 4 Years Ago
      thank god.
      • 4 Years Ago
      just crack a window, put a sun shade up, and if you live in a dry place, buy a swamp cooler :)

      http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2183/2374212616_8a4a82ae7c.jpg
      • 4 Years Ago
      If the intent is to reduce heat buildup in a parked car then window tinting is not very efficient, solid curtains would do the job. Removed for driving, drivers would be able to make driving decisions based on seeing other drivers and occupants and their activity. You would be able to see if someone is "fishing for papers" or having the second course of their meal, etc. Modern AC on while driving doesn't impact efficiency that much. Block the sun and/or view for security reasons while parked? Yes; while driving to reduce your view and the communication with others on the road? Not cool at all.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How about they build a giant solar shade in the sky above LA. It will be a giant liquid crystal shade that can turn transparent or opaque depending on needs. Even allow 50% light passage so its not too dark. They can allow the sun to hit the beaches and have holes for the golf courses but the rest of the city will be in the shade.

      I mean if the state is going to go bankrupt with no hope of returning to solvency why not go out in style.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Considering I've been ticketed a few times for having a tint on my car here in CA, I'm a bit confused by this legislation. How can something be simultaneously required and illegal?
        • 4 Years Ago
        The tint blocked infrared light, not visible light.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ceramic and Nanotechnology films will offer equal heat rejection to the best metal films without any cell phone or radio interference, even with near optically clear films. Llumar Air Blue 80% blocks a full range of UVA/UVB and rejects 43% total solar energy. Clear factory glass on most new cars is metered between 85-90%.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Really guys? Unable to see into vehicle? Where do they come up with this nonsense? At 35% you can still clearly see what a person is doing in the car. And cell phone quality? My God, they make it seem a cell phone signal can't go a piece of paper, neverless a thin polymer film. Ridiculous.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Making 11s: California law is 70% max for front windows which is not worth doing in my opinion. but it's not 100%. It's unlimited on all other windows.
        • 4 Years Ago
        In CA you aren't even allowed to tint the driver and passenger windows in the front. I've got a ticket to prove it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Really? Here's 35% on a clear day. http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y148/spider0079/tint3.jpg Drop the ambient light a little bit and the windows might as well be black.

        I guess rice boys and gangsters are the only true environmentalists.
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