While the California Air Resources Board has certainly played a huge role in putting cleaner vehicles on the road over the years, some plug-in vehicle advocates have a bone to pick with Chairman Mary Nichols (pictured here during the 2007 Alt Car Expo
). During the recent UC Berkeley Energy Symposium, Nichols said she had a problem with plug-in proponents as well. Well, not just with them, but with advocates who push one type of technology and have no room in their green motoring vision for another. Specifically, Nichols said that:
"There is one thing that has really frustrated me in the last couple of years...it has been the ideological, I would almost say theological, debate between the people who think that hydrogen fuel cells
are the answer and the people who think that only battery electric vehicles
are the answer. Each of them do their best to trash the credibility, viability and good faith of the other side. ... From the point of view of a regulator, this is madness."
Read more of Nichols' statement, and why she is certain that we need both technologies, over at Green Car Congress
[Source: Green Car Congress