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by Tim Beissmann

More than one in seven cars sold in California by 2025 will be plug-in hybrid, fully electric or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles according to a new set of regulations approved by the environmentally focused US state.

Automotive News reports the Advanced Clean Car program, which is intended to reduce vehicle greenhouse gas and smog-forming emissions, could see more than 1.4 million alternative energy vehicles on Californian roads over the next 13 years.

California’s six largest manufacturers – General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, Honda and Nissan – will initially be bound to the new regulations requiring them to sell plug-in, electric and hydrogen vehicles in greater volumes each year by 2025. They will be joined by BMW, Daimler, Hyundai, Kia, Mazda and Volkswagen in 2018, in an agreement that will unite approximately 97 per cent of the state’s automotive volume.

The new rules would reduce CO2 emissions from passenger vehicles by 34 per cent by 2025 and slash smog-forming emissions – which include volatile organic compounds (VOC), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) – by 75 per cent.

Often reluctant to agree to stricter emissions regulations, GM, Ford and Chrysler are among a number of car makers that have thrown their support behind the new standards.

The plan also aims to develop full-scale hydrogen refuelling infrastructure across California.

Ten other states, including New York and New Jersey, are considering implementing the new standards. Their cooperation would see the total number of alternative energy vehicles sold between now and 2025 more than double to more than three million.




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