Proposal Undercuts Electric Car

CARB Staff proposal would cut battery EVs from 22,500 by 2003 to just over 4,000 by allowing carmakers to use other advanced technologies.

Published: 09-Dec-2000

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California regulators are concluding that the drive to cleaner air shouldn't necessarily be in an electric car.

In a move that alarmed environmentalists but failed to placate automakers, staff for the state's air-quality board Friday proposed to sharply scale back a rule that would put thousands of battery-powered vehicles on California roads by 2003.

Automakers would instead be allowed to sell more vehicles that use other emission-cutting technologies. Examples include the Toyota Prius or Honda Insight - which use both gas and electric motors - or cars that run on natural gas.

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