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Electric Vehicle Charging

Electric Vehicles are fueled by electricity and can be recharged at a charger installed at your home or workplace, or at many other charging locations such as Costco and your local shopping mall. Currently, there are two different charging methods, conductive and inductive. The conductive system is similar to the traditional plug in that it uses metal-to-metal...

What types of vehicle technologies need to be developed to reduce greenhouse gasses?

Actually, technology that has already been developed and is currently in use on some cars can result in significant improvement. Minor adjustments to catalytic converters and air conditioning systems can help reduce greenhouse gases such as nitrous oxides and HFCs, while existing technology already being used in some automobile engines, transmissions, tires,...

Law require ARB to force auto manufacturers for reductions of greenhouse gasses?

In July of 2002 Gov. Gray Davis signed Assembly Bill 1493, authored by Assemblywoman Fran Pavley, directing the ARB to achieve the maximum feasible and cost-effective reduction of greenhouse gases from California's motor vehicles. The law requires the reductions to take into account the time allotted, environmental, economic, social, and technological factors. The...

Can hybrids drive in the carpool lane?

AB 2628 allows single-occupant use of High Occupancy Vehicle (HOVs) lanes by the cleanest alternative fuel, hybrid, and full-electric vehicles. Use of these lanes with only one occupant requires an identification sticker issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. AB 2628 limits single occupant HOV lane access to super clean advanced technology vehicles....

Do hybrids get any incentives?

Although hybrids are extremely fuel-efficient and meet the most stringent emission ratings, they do not receive any State incentives. This is because hybrids are not significantly more expensive than their gasoline counterparts. Also, hybrid vehicles vary in their emission ratings - you may even find a pure gasoline vehicle that has fewer emissions than a hybrid...

Do neighborhood EVs (NEVs) like the GEM qualify for State incentives?

At this time, NEVs are not eligible for any State incentives. NEVs are a cheaper option for meeting the ARB's ZEV requirement. Therefore, the NEV manufactures had to choose between receiving the incentives or ZEV credit. So far, all NEV manufacturers have chosen ZEV credits. Although you may not receive the money directly in your pocket, ZEV credits are worth enough...

When are fuel cell vehicles going to be available to the public?

Auto makers are estimating that fuel cell vehicles will be available to the public within the next 10 to 15 years. Four major goals must be achieved to commercialize fuel cell engines for automobiles. The first is to prove the reliability and durability of the fuel cell. Second, the cost of building the fuel cell engine must be reduced so that it is competitive with...

Can I still buy an electric vehicle?

More and more standard gasoline powered vehicle models are being made so clean that they achieve the ARB's most stringent emissions ratings. But you can't identify these vehicles by how they look - so it's important to know what to look for at the dealership. The cleanest gasoline vehicles have a "PZEV" emissions rating. You can find out what PZEVs are available by...

How do I know which gasoline powered vehicles are clean?

More and more standard gasoline powered vehicle models are being made so clean that they achieve the ARB's most stringent emissions ratings. But you can't identify these vehicles by how they look - so it's important to know what to look for at the dealership. The cleanest gasoline vehicles have a "PZEV" emissions rating. You can find out what PZEVs are available by...

What is a hybrid electric vehicle (HEVs)?

Hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) commercially available today combine an internal combustion engine with a battery and electric motor. This combination can offer the extended range and rapid refueling of a conventional vehicle, while reducing energy requirements and emissions. The practical benefits of HEVs might include improved fuel economy and lower emissions...

What is a TLEV, LEV, ULEV, SULEV, PZEV, AT PZEV and ZEV?

TLEV: Transitional Low Emission Vehicle This is the least stringent emissions standard in California. TLEVs are phased out as of 2004. LEV: Low Emission Vehicle All new cars sold in California starting in 2004 will have at least a LEV or better emissions rating. ULEV: Ultra Low Emission Vehicles ULEVs are 50% cleaner than the average new model year car. SULEV:...

Aren't today's SUVs, trucks and vans cleaner?

In 1998, the California Air Resources Board extended the passenger car emissions standards to heavier sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks (with gross vehicle weight up to 8,500 pounds), which formerly had been regulated under less stringent emission standards (LEV I). The new regulations (LEV II) provide a transition period between 2004 and 2007 for...

How can I find a USED car that is clean?

The easiest way to find a clean used vehicle is to review the previous model year vehicles list provided on this web site. PZEVs and AT PZEVs are your best bet because they have a 15 year / 150,000 mile warranty on all emissions system components of the vehicle. This means the car will be clean for most of the life of the vehicle, and this great warranty is...

How can I choose a car that has fewer emissions?

When shopping for a new or used vehicle, keep in mind that while all California cars have advanced emission control systems, many newer vehicles are designed to produce even lower levels of emissions - you just need to know what to look for. There are technologies like hybrid electric vehicles that combine an internal combustion engine with a battery and electric...

Buying a Used Car: How Not To Get Burned

Buying a Used Car: How Not To Get Burned Next to your home, a car is probably the most expensive pre-owned purchase you will ever make. There's a good reason finance companies ask you to perform a pre-purchase inspection on a home: a lot of secrets can hide behind new paint and shingles. The same is true of a used car; a lot of problems could be lurking under that shiny new paint job and steam-cleaned...