New Jersey Senate Panel Gets Auto-Emissions Measure

Bill would require that 10 percent of new cars be electric-hybrid by 2006, and automakers to sell zero-emission cars by 2012

Published: 03-Dec-2003

With a bill aimed at lowering automobile emissions up for a vote this week by a Senate committee, supporters urged legislators on Tuesday to support its passage.

The so-called clean car legislation would require new cars be fitted with better gas caps and gas tank seals. It would require that 10 percent of new cars be electric-hybrid by 2006. It would also require automakers to sell zero-emission cars by 2012.

"We are hopeful that this is the last press conference we have to have on clean cars," said David Pringle, campaign director of the New Jersey Environmental Federation. Pringle, along with state Sen. John Adler, D-Cherry Hill, and representatives from the Sierra Club New Jersey and New Jersey Public Interest Group, said they feel the legislation has enough bipartisan support to pass.

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