Automakers are buying and selling zero emission vehicle credits ahead of more stringent ZEV mandates in California. The state now requires larger automakers to increase the number of zero-emission vehicles they sell, including electric, plug-in hybrid and hydrogen models. Manufacturers that manage to exceed their ZEV goals are awarded credits, which they may sell then sell to other automakers. Not surprisingly, Nissan has an abundance of credits on its table thanks to its Leaf EV, though the company has been tight-lipped about whether or not it plans to sell credits to its rivals. According to Automotive News, Tesla has already sold credits to Honda, though neither company is saying how much compensation was involved.

Automakers who fail to sell enough ZEV models or obtain enough credits face a number of penalties, including fines and limits on the number of units they can sell. A total of 11 other states adhere to California's ZEV mandate, and Automotive News reports automakers are expected to sell around 60,000 zero emissions vehicles by 2014. Regulators want that number to be 1.4 million by 2025.


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      Silly Pickle
      • 2 Years Ago
      So I guess now would be a good time to go pick up a bunch of gas swilling old cars at fire sale prices...eh?
      oRenj9
      • 2 Years Ago
      How are other states who use California emissions standards planning on implementing this? Do auto makers get credits nationally, or is it on a state-by-state bases?
      Visnick
      • 2 Years Ago
      So a state with a barely adequate power delivery system is going to increase the load by mandating EV vehicles? Not even going to start on how the power is actually produced and that EV cars are not the super clean modes of transport that people seem to think.
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can we PLEASE just drive a truck with a giant chainsaw across the state border and push them off to sea? Or at least drop a few charges into the San Andreas fault?
      sp33dklz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Such a pain in the ass. Makes me want to stick to buying used cars.
        Zoom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sp33dklz
        Why? Do you have to figure it out? Maybe you own Honda or Ford. Then I guess you do.
      Gary Zimmerman
      • 2 Years Ago
      ******* California...
      razorpit
      • 2 Years Ago
      I guess the California legislature has solved all of its other problems so they have free time to address "real issues" such as this. (Rolls eyes) You know Californians, you have trouble as it is now keeping the lights on and the A/C running at the same time as it is, and the effects of the EPA onslaught on coal fired power plants has yet to be felt. I can't wait to hear the boo hooing once "hundreds" of these EV's start ******* off the grid... I feel for the few sane people who are still in California. I'd tell you to turn out the lights as you leave but I don't think that is going to be an issue...
        Ryan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @razorpit
        Maybe we should also make a law that says if you buy an EV car, you aren't allowed to own a generator. You give up gasoline/diesel, you give it all up.
      Ryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      So California, along with the govenment, is going to FORCE the automakers to make a specific type of vehicle. Nevermind how high of MPG they achieve, they have to use electricity. Every vehicle made and sold today is more fuel efficient and cleaner burning than any of it's predecessor's, yet global warming is still real. Maybe the auto industry aren't the ones to blame then?
        Donny Hoover
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ryan
        Actually, they aren't forcing them to MAKE anything, they're forcing them to SELL a certain number, which is even worse IMO. Its one thing to make a zero emission vehicle, completely another for somebody to choose to buy it. It seems the automakers are being held to a standard that is completely dependent on what the consumer chooses to do and that doesn't seem fair at all.
          Ryan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Donny Hoover
          Donny, You are correct, that is definitely worse.
        PatrickH
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ryan
        global warming (and global cooling) are real things. Man made global warming? Not so much.
          Donny Hoover
          • 2 Years Ago
          @PatrickH
          What do they say about methane? Something like 8x the greenhouse gas that C02 is? Your average cow causes more "global warming" in the year than a passenger car.
      PatrickH
      • 2 Years Ago
      Its always great seeing government officials mandating technology and forcing automakers to produce cars that the market has no demand for.
      Maddoxx
      • 2 Years Ago
      Something smells like Enron don't know how or why it just does.
      Chris
      • 2 Years Ago
      How does a state force auto companies to sell a certain type of vehicle? Isn't that for the market to determine? I do not see how this will accomplish anything, besides putting the automakers between a rock and a hard place. It's one thing if people are out begging for zero emissions vehicles, but if the demand is not there at the moment, then what does California intend to do? California needs to get over itself, and come to terms with the fact that it is not the center of the universe. Automakers are in the business of selling cars, not appeasing California legislatures.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Chris
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