California Forges Ahead with ZEV Mandate

Mandate initially lowers ZEVs for 2003, but ultimately requires more over the next decade.

Published: 27-Jan-2001

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Rolling over objections from the auto industry, California officials have approved the nation's first-ever mandate requiring car makers to send fleets of electric and low-pollution vehicles purring down state highways.

The California Air Resources Board (CARB), after a marathon meeting that heard testimony from both auto industry executives and environmentalists, unanimously approved a measure on Thursday night requiring major automakers to offer as many as three million electric and low-polluting cars for sale in California over the next decade.

Environmental activists hailed the decision as the start of a national clean air revolution, saying that New York, Vermont and Massachusetts were all set to follow California's lead by setting their own requirements for low-pollution or "zero emissions vehicles" (ZEVs).

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