The California Air Resources Board (CARB), which is leading the effort to increase the number of zero-emissions vehicles (ZEV) in the state in the coming years, is making changes to the ZEV mandate. One such change will exclude battery swapping as a so-called "fast-refueling" technology that helps automakers earn ZEV credits.
CARB is holding a one-day workshop in Sacramento May 20 to review changes to the ZEV plan. The state is shooting for 1.4 million ZEVs – including battery-electrics, plug-in hybrids and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles – to be sold in California by 2014. In February, California detailed its ZEV action plan, which, among other actions, involved subsidizing electric-charging discounts and charging-infrastructure build-out in order to help spur adoption.
Of course, the prospect of a battery-swapping network in the state, never all that likely, got quite a bit dimmer once Better Place, the electric-vehicle battery-swapping technology developer, said earlier this year that it would shut down operations in California and Australia to focus on Europe. Read the note from CARB here (PDF).