Tesla thinks that the California Air Resources Board is moving in the wrong direction by loosening the rules for midsize automakers. The company also wants even fewer zero-emissions vehicles credits available on the market to be traded among companies.
Legislation is waiting for a signature on the desk of California Gov. Jerry Brown to raise the number of stickers to allow plug-in electric hybrid vehicles to drive in carpool lanes. The total would see another 15,000-unit boost for a total of 85,000 decals.
California is adjusting its zero-emissions vehicle mandate to help smaller automakers. Rather than completely excusing them from the program, the companies may offer plug-in hybrids and still receive ZEV credits for them.