Arizona Introduces Zero Emission Vehicle Rules
State environmental officials are proposing a new set of rules that would give automobile manufacturers three years to start selling zero-emission vehicles that - for all practical purposes - do not yet exist.
The state Department of Environmental Quality has released draft rules mandating that 11 percent of all automobiles sold in Arizona beginning with the 2011 model year have zero emissions. That would increase to 16 percent by 2018 and beyond.
Automobile manufacturers do not currently mass-produce zero-emission vehicles other than "neighborhood electric vehicles" - essentially, large golf carts. Steve Owens, director of the state Department of Environmental Quality, said that the mandate, coupled with action by other states, would ensure that someone develops the technology, either with improved batteries or hydrogen fuel cells.
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