California Offers Change in Car Rules
AMENTO, March 5 — California is seeking to compromise with automakers by dropping a requirement that they sell electric cars, the state's latest attempt to persuade carmakers to end their opposition to the program.
The California Air Resources Board outlined proposed changes to the zero-emission vehicle program today that would let companies sell more gasoline-electric hybrid and hydrogen fuel-cell autos instead of battery-powered cars starting with 2005 models, a spokesman, Dimitri Stanich, said.
"We're encouraged that with these proposed revisions C.A.R.B. is working toward improving California's air quality while allowing manufacturers to use different technologies to meet the state's goals," a Chrysler spokeswoman, Kathy Graham, said.
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