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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.

  • Hp

    I saw more Prius’s in Los Angeles in 1hr then my whole life combined..

  • Doleman

    F**K California

    • Phil

      Doleman, ironic name there buddy

    • Tuyu

      West-Side FTW!!

  • Jai

    So Honda is the leader in hydrogen vehicles?

    • Whg


  • Tuffguy

    I am afraid I just cannot understand how the state government can legislate to force car makers to sell more eco friendly cars.   The car makers can make all of these cars they like but they simply cannot force the consumers to buy this rubbish.   It could be a financial nightmare for the car makers with thousands of these cars sitting on the lots that nobody wants to buy.

    • Zony

      How do you know that no one wants to buy these cars?

    • PaulScott58

      Hey Tuffguy, you should drive the Volt or LEAF before making inane comments calling these cars “rubbish”. Both of those cars are quite powerful, clean-running and quiet. Both use 100% domestic energy that can be made from sunlight or wind. In the case of the Volt, it’s made here in America providing jobs for your fellow citizens, and the LEAF will be made here in Tennessee starting this December.

      For you edification, the LEAF is sold out three months in advance and the Volt is also in high demand. If gasoline was priced to reflect its true cost to society, you would not be able to afford it. The only reason you aren’t scrambling to buy an EV today is because our military spends $80 billion a year protecting access to the world’s oil, and then there is the sad fact that thousands of our soldiers died in the Iraq war, a war that had much to do with their oil.

      • Warboyrb

        “If gasoline was priced to reflect its true cost to society, you would not be able to afford it.”
        If you would price electric cars to reflect their true impact on the environment, via polution when creating all their electrical components and batteries, and also understanding that electricity does not come from the moon, then nobody would be able to afford these environemnt polluting vehicle either.

        • PaulScott58

          The materials and energy required to manufacture an electric vehicle are equivalent to that to make an internal combustion vehicle, so no advantage there. As for the electricity, I’ve been driving for the past 9 years and 101,000 miles on energy generated from the sunlight falling on my roof. My electric bill for both the house and car averages a mere $100 per year. The $15K I spent for the Solar PV system was paid for in its 8th year, so for the rest of my life, I get free energy from the sun. I know hundreds of people doing the same thing, and there will be millions within the decade.

          There is no good argument against transitioning from oil to renewable electricity. No one who considers them self a patriot would ever be against EVs. The entire military chain of command is solidly behind this move as are most of the soldiers who are now aware of why we fight wars.

          Be careful what you say against our military.

          • Warboyrb

            You mean “your military”, the one I don’t give a stuff about – this is Australian website matey.

  • Ivovhp

    That’s nice, no more smog

  • Vertigoy

    That’s a nice servo

  • Guryu


  • Warboyrb

    Electric cars are currently rubbish – and I seriously doubt that in basically 2 generation they will miraculously improve. Overpried rubbish.

    • PaulScott58

      You’ve clearly never driven one. Both the Volt and LEAF are very nice cars. Powerful, quiet, quick and smooth as glass. No pollution at all when renewable energy is used.

      If you are a patriot, you’ll be for EVs. 

    • Ben

      Sorry Warboy… You clearly have absolutely no idea about what you are talking about here and have not done any research or even simple reading on electric cars that are here now and coming soon. These are anything but rubbish. A great example is the Tesla S which is bout to hit production. Fantastic car by any measure. Unfortunately it will be too expensive in OZ, but them’s the breaks and that will sort itself out over time anyway.

      Ooh and btw, you can easily tick the box for 100% green energy right here in Australia and have been able to do so for some time, but I guess you didn’t read that anywhere either.