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Oerdin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-31-06 10:10 AM
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As usual JPAK hasn't a clue. :shame:

Yes, CARB did attempt to order manufacturers to make 2% of the cars they sale in the state electric by 1998 and 5% by 2001. This order got repealed in 1999 after electric cars which did make it to the market ended up being hugely expensive pieces of gobshite. Honda and GM made the best efforts but even with massive subsidies and with the manufacturers losing something like $25,000 per car they still couldn't sell many of the things. GM only offered there Saturn EV1 for lease because the batteries got progressively worse and would need to be replaced in 4-5 years at a cost of around $12,000. Neither Honda nor GM's electric cars were any where near ready for prime time.

Faced with reality CARB repealed the law and instead allowed manufacturers to substitute Ultra Low Emissions Vehicles (ULEV) for ZEV. The one upside of that fiasco was that Toyota negotiated with CARB to not build an electric car but instead to invest in what they considered a more practical alternative. Namely the gas-electric hybrid.

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