Businesses that operate gasoline-powered fleets in CA will want to keep an eye on a review being conducted by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The environmental agency is looking at whether some gasoline-powered vehicles are emitting too much pollution.
The California Air Resources Board is also pushing manufacturers to include more zero-emission vehicles in their lineups, writes ABC News. Sales in the EV category, including plug-in hybrid and all-electric cars, accounted for nearly five percent of California’s new car market in the first three months of this year, according to the California New Car Dealers Association’s latest report (via the Press Democrat). And Gov. Jerry Brown has set a target of having 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles in the state by 2025.
While President Trump’s administration is reviewing existing fuel-efficiency rules with an eye to reducing the standards through 2025, policymakers in California say they have no intention of easing the state’s own ambitious standards, writes Greentech Media. California has the largest passenger and commercial vehicle fleet in the nation.
Regulators in the US have been taking a closer look at automakers in terms of emissions following the Volkswagen scandal in which it was discovered that the automaker installed emission-cheating software in its diesel vehicles, according to Reuters. Fiat Chrysler has faced scrutiny for similar software in its diesel vehicles.