Automakers want California ZEV regulations to be more in line with the types of cars customers want to buy. Some suggest that cars be credited on real-world figures of electric miles (e-miles) driven rather than delineated strictly by vehicle type (BEV vs. PHEV, etc.). The idea is that more people are likely to buy a plug-in hybrid than an all-electric car, which would still increase the overall number of miles driven under electric power. Some CARB members agree. "If we provided a more flexible approach, we are likely to get far more e-miles in 2030 than we would with pure EVs," says CARB member and UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies director Dan Sperling. "I really don't believe by 2030 we're going to be able to get a really large market penetration with pure EVs." Others feel that BEVs are the only way to reach emissions goals. Read more at Automotive News.
Senators Rand Paul and Chuck Grassley have introduced the Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act. The bill includes a Reid Vapor Pressure volatility waiver for E15 blended fuel. In support of the legislation, CEO of the ethanol group Growth Energy, Tom Buis, says, "We certainly support efforts by Senator Paul and Senator Grassley to remove a major hurdle preventing consumers the opportunity to purchase higher blends such as E15." Buis feels that the act will help make E15 more available to the public and offer more choices at the pump. Read more in the press release from Growth Energy, below.
WASHINGTON, DC - Following the introduction of S. 889, the Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act, legislation by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA), which contains a provision to extend the Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) volatility waiver to E15, Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, issued the following statement:
"We certainly support efforts by Senator Paul and Senator Grassley to remove a major hurdle preventing consumers the opportunity to purchase higher blends such as E15. This has been a major obstacle ever since Growth Energy led the successful effort to get E15 approved for commercial use.
"We are hopeful that Senators Paul and Grassley's legislative efforts are successful in granting this much needed waiver to overcome the single largest regulatory hurdle to ensuring consumers have access to higher blends such as E15."