Battery-powered Vehicles Hit a Bump in California
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Battery-powered vehicles, once seen as the future for smog-free transit, have hit a major bump in the road in California, where state regulators want to phase them out of a key program in favor of technologies seen as more commercially promising.
Officials with the California Air Resources Board said that new staff guidelines submitted Friday had dramatically cut the number of battery-powered "zero emissions vehicles", or ZEVs, the state will mandate on its roads in coming years.
Instead, California will expand its clean air requirement to include other technologies such as fuel cells, gas-electric hybrids, and natural gas engines that are progressing more rapidly toward the mass market.
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