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Report: CARB chairman chides automakers for petition against EV mandates

By Zach Bowman

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Filed under: Automakers aren’t happy about a California mandate that requires manufacturers to sell 1.4 million electric, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell vehicles by 2025. As such, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers have filed a petition with the Environmental Protection Agency to block the state’s mandate. Mary Nichols, chairman of the California Air Resources Board, chided car companies for “shooting yourselves in the foot,” while speaking at the SAE International World Congress. Nichols also asked, “Rather than rehashing the same, tired legal battles of our past, why not work together to collectively support and develop this market?”

Of course, as Bloomberg points out, automakers can only comply with the plan if buyers want to bring home zero-emission models in high volumes. So far, that hasn’t happened. “It serves no one, not the state economy or consumers or automakers, to have these vehicles sit unsold on dealer lots,” said Gloria Bergquist, a spokesperson with the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.

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Ford Fusion Energi qualifies for California HOV lane access

By Evelyn Kanter

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The approval of the Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid for California carpool lanes puts the Blue Oval into the winner’s circle; tied with Toyota for the most fuel-efficient models approved for use in the Golden State’s HOV lanes.

To qualify for the high occupancy program, a vehicle must be classified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) as a super ultra-low emission vehicle and certified by the EPA to offer at least 45 miles per gallon fuel economy on the highway. Of course, any car can qualify when it carries enough people, but that’s another issue.

The Fusion Energi meets CARB standards and well exceeds the EPA standards, with an estimated fuel economy rating of 108 MPGe city and 92 MPGe highway, or 100 MPGe combined. Those numbers mean the plug-in hybrid has a one-tank, full-charge range of up to 620 miles, including an electric-only range of up to 21 miles.

As of about a month ago, California still had around 30,000 HOV stickers left for plug-in hybrids.

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Ford Fusion Energi qualifies for California HOV lane access originally appeared on Autoblog Green on Fri, 01 Mar 2013 18:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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