New Jersey Bill Would Require 10% ZEV and Hybrid Car Sales

New Jersey lawmakers appear poised to adopt California's strict auto-emissions standards

Published: 03-Dec-2003

New Jersey lawmakers appear poised to adopt California's strict auto-emissions standards during their lame-duck session, jump-starting a proposal that was hopelessly stalled before last month's elections.

The so-called clean-car legislation would set tougher pollution limits on all new vehicles sold in New Jersey. It also would require dealers to offer an increasing percentage of zero-emission or hybrid vehicles - 4 percent of their sales fleet by 2006 and 10 percent by 2012.

Environmentalists say the legislation is the single-biggest thing lawmakers can do to improve the state's notoriously filthy air. Not one of the state's 21 counties meets the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's clean-air safety guidelines, and Camden County's air quality is the second-worst in the state, said Dena Mottola, executive director of the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group.

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