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Intermediate Automakers Could Get EV Reprieve

Will October 23 be a day of reckoning for some US automakers? Could be, since that's when the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is meeting up and may tweak its mandates for zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV) compliance for some of the world's largest carmakers. Green Car Reports says the news may be good.

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Last week, eight governors "joined hands" in support of zero emissions vehicles (ZEVs) in California's state capital. That's a good start, but there are seven governors of states that have worked with California on tough emissions rules in the past who were missing. It appeared the split was mostly along party lines.

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Electric bicycles and electric motorcycles, like the Zero, are still kind of rare. But if this video is any indication, they have a bright future. This gentleman has rigged up a bicycle with an electric motor and a 72-volt, lithium-ion nano phosphate battery in his backpack. The custom built cycle can be recharged in two hours, although it isn't clear if this is on a wall outlet or something a bit heartier.

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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 com

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California may be the Golden State, but when it comes to the upcoming debuts of a number of battery-electric vehicles, prospective buyers may want to associate the most populous U.S. state with the color red. As in herring.

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More states may follow the Golden State in plug-in vehicle quotas, which could make auto executives see red.

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Less than a year after everyone with any sort of say in the matter seemed to agree that 54.5 miles per gallon by the year 2025 was a properly attainable goal, the California Air Resources Board has decided to change things up a bit.

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TheDetroitBureau.com reports that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is out to change the zero-emissions-vehicle (ZEV) game again, this time revising its desired numbers for vehicle sales and prodding industry to make alternative fuels more available. From 2018 to 2025, CARB wants ZEVs to number 1.4 million sales every year. According to its numbers, by 2025, that would result in a decrease of 52 million metric tons of emissions.

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TheDetroitBureau.com reports that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is out to change the zero-emissions-vehicle (ZEV) game again, this time revising its desired numbers for vehicle sales and prodding industry to make alternative fuels more available. From 2018 to 2025, CARB wants ZEVs to number 1.4 million sales every year. According to its numbers, by 2025, that would result in a decrease of 52 million metric tons of emissions.

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The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to approve California's air quality measures for fine particles (aka PM2.5) in the smog-filled South Coast and San Joaquin Valley regions. These measures aim to reduce pollution to the level required by the 1997 PM2.5 standard (NAAQS) by 2015.

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Nissan Leaf: The Value of Zero commercial – Click above to watch video after the jump

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Renault isn't afraid to acknowledge global warming, is in alignment with alliance partner Nissan's CEO Carlos Ghosn's prediction that electric vehicles will make up 10 percent of the world market by 2020 and is spending (with Nissan) €4 billion ($5.25 billion U.S. at today's exchange rate) on a zero-emissions program. These are the core parts of Renault's complete zero-emission strategy, which was released this week. You can find the complete plan after the jump. Here are the highlights:

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As the Paris Motor Show draws closer, automakers are sending out the usual raft of teaser shots. The pictures never reveal much but they definitely get people talking. The image you see above? It's a glimpse at the zero-emissions, electric concept vehicle called the Nissan Townpod EV.

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Say you're in the market for an electric motorcycle but you don't like the modern styling of a Zero S or a Brammo Enertia. Or maybe you do, but some jerk who works in your office already has one. Well, now you can get a modern electric bike that looks like anything but. Check out custom bike designer James Hammarhead's cafe racer-inspired Volta 102.

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Nissan Leaf EV – Click above for high-res image gallery

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KTM Freeride electric motorcycle concept – Click above for image gallery

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