California wants 15.4% of new cars sold by 2025 to electric, fuel-cell or plug-in hybrid

Article by Anita Panait, on January 28, 2012

Expect around one of every seven cars sold in California to be green vehicles by 2025, if the California Air Resources Board decided to adopt the proposed Advanced Clean Car program.  The program includes measures to cut vehicle smog-forming emissions by 75% in 2025 and carbon dioxide emissions from passenger cars by 34% between 2015 and 2025. The program was in line with federal emissions regulations proposed by President Barack Obama.

This program will result in an updated mandate that electric, fuel-cell or plug-in hybrid units account for 15.4% of new vehicles sold in California by 2025, or around 1.4 million units.

The new rules are seen as a toughening of California’s zero-emission vehicle mandate given in 1990. Under the proposed mandate beginning in 2018, carmakers that account for around 97% of new light-vehicle sales in the state will be required to sell environment-friendly vehicles in greater volumes every year to reach the 15.4% target by 2025.

The board estimates that plug-in hybrids, fuel-cell and battery-powered vehicles would account for one of every seven new vehicles sold in California by 2025. The zero-emission vehicle mandate would cover BMW, Daimler, Hyundai, Kia, Mazda and Volkswagen, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Toyota and Nissan, according to the proposal. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, however, opposes mandates on specific technologies and expressed concerns about the rule, trade group spokeswoman Gloria Bergquist said.

The upright V-shaped design of the new Nissan Leaf features LED headlights with an elegant blue internal reflective design. These headlights are also designed to split and redirect airflow away from the door mirrors, thereby helping reduce wind noise and drag. In addition, since these LED headlights consume electricity equivalent to a tenth of that consumed by conventional lamps, they help the Nissan LEAF achieve its excellent range autonomy.

Meanwhile, the interior of the Nissan Leaf features bright trim colors, featuring an eco-friendly "blue earth" color theme derived from the Aqua Globe body color of the first model. This interior color theme is evident on blue dashboard highlights and instrument illumination. Nissan has specified the Leaf with an exclusive advanced IT system that is linked to a global data center to provide support, information, and entertainment to drivers any time of the day.

New Leaf is also specified with a dash-mounted monitor that could display its remaining power or "reachable area." This monitor also could display nearby re-charging stations where the Leaf could recoup its power. For the latest version of the Leaf, drivers could now use smartphones to switch on air-conditioning as well as set charging functions, even when the EV is powered down.

In addition, drivers could use the smartphone to pre-program an on-board remote-controlled timer to recharge batteries. Tooru ABE, Chief Product Specialist, remarked that the new IT system on the Leaf is a critical advantage. He noted that the IT features will allow the new Leaf to be partner for the driver as well as an enhancement for its passengers while helping create a zero-emission community.

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