One day before what could be an historic vote of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) that happens today, Plug In America held a press conference and rally to press the case for a strong Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) program. Directly opposite the California EPA building, a large banner was dropped during the event with a message for CARB: "Electric Cars for a Change." Activists hope to move the CARB Board members to reject the staff proposal to cut by 90 percent the number of zero-emission vehicles now required of the major automakers by 2015 (currently set at 25,000). One additional major point of contention with the program has been the tilt toward hydrogen and fuel cells embedded in the ZEV program since 2003, when a revision ended the agency's promotion of battery electric cars. Jim Woolsey, former Chief of Central Intelligence, flew across the country to add his voice to the activists call for parity between fuel cell and battery electric cars. Woolsey railed against the expense and inefficiency of hydrogen for vehicles in a preview of his testimony to come on Thursday (today). (Full disclosure: I am on the Board of Plug In America)

[Source: Plug In America]

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