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  • Bruce EVangel Parmenter
    ZEV ACTION: read proposed changes and send CARB your views, FFEV=fcv [Editor s summary: These changes, if approved would water-down the ZEV mandate; allow
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 31, 2001
      ZEV ACTION: read proposed changes and send CARB your views, FFEV=fcv

      [Editor's summary: These changes, if approved would 'water-down' the
      mandate; allow automakers credit for past vehicles, reduce the amount
      of ZEVs made, and give 'back-fill' credit for PZEVs (FCVs) built past
      the due date (basically giving automakers time to make fcvs instead
      of having to make EVs).

      ***Please make time to read the amendments and make your views known
      to CARB (CA Residents Only). Tell them what you do and don't want.
      It is your air/water/food, don't complain if you don't make the time
      to express your opinion to them.

      I personally believe automakers should not be given any breaks at
      all. They should produce EVs for public purchase now.]

      [ http://arbis.arb.ca.gov/regact/zev2001/zev2001.htm ]

      The following 15-Day Notice files were posted on this rulemaking site
      for the 2001 ZEV Program amendments on October 31, 2001. The 15-Day
      Notice with Attachments I-III are also being mailed October 31, 2001
      to all commenters and various interested parties. The deadline for
      public comment on the proposed modifications is November 15, 2001. The
      final two posted files listed below are described in the Notice and
      its Attachment III but are not included in the mailout. Copies are
      available from Ms. Linda Lu Davis, Mobile Source Control Division,
      telephone (916) 322-6169.

      Notice of Public Availability of Modified Text and Supporting
      Documents and Information; November 15, 2001 deadline for public

      [*** READ THIS ***> http://arbis.arb.ca.gov/regact/zev2001/notice.htm
      State of California
      Notice of Public Availability of Modified Text and Supporting
      Documents and Information


      Public Hearing Date: January 25, 2001
      Internet Posting Date: October 31, 2001
      Public Availability Date: October 31, 2001
      Last Day for Supplemental Public Comment: November 15, 2001

      At a January 25, 2001 public hearing, the Air Resources Board (ARB or
      Board) considered adoption of amendments to section 1962, title 13,
      California Code of Regulations (CCR), and related regulations. The
      amendments, proposed by staff, would make major changes to the
      requirements imposed on manufacturers by the California Zero Emission
      Vehicle (ZEV) program. Key elements of the initial proposal would
      reduce the number of pure ZEVs needed to comply in the early years;
      allow a further reduction of up to 50 percent in the number of
      required ZEVs if manufacturers "backfill" by producing other types of
      advanced technology vehicles; reduce the number of "PZEVs" needed in
      the early years; and gradually increase the percentage requirement up
      to 16 percent in 2018. The amendments were described in detail in the
      Staff Report (Initial Statement of Reasons for Proposed Rulemaking)
      released on December 8, 2000.

      The Board's action. At the conclusion of the January 25, 2001 hearing,
      the Board adopted Resolution 01-01, in which it approved the
      originally proposed amendments with a number of modifications. Many of
      the modifications had been suggested by staff in a January 19, 2001
      document entitled "Staff's Suggested Modifications to the Original
      Proposal," which was distributed at the hearing and was Attachment C
      to the Resolution. Other modifications were initiated by the Board
      itself, and are described on pages 7-8 of the Resolution. The
      Resolution and its Attachments C and D are appended to this Notice as
      Attachment I. The Resolution directed the Executive Officer to
      incorporate the approved modifications into the proposed regulatory
      text, with such other conforming modifications as may be appropriate,
      and to make the modified text available for a supplemental comment

      The Board's modifications to the December 8, 2000 staff proposal
      include adding heavier pick-up trucks, sport utility vehicles and
      minivans (the "LDT2" category of vehicles) to the base against which
      manufacturers' obligations are assessed; increasing the required
      number of ZEVs to about twice the level required under the December 8,
      2000 staff proposal by the 2012 model year; requiring hybrid electric
      vehicles with all electric range to be treated as advanced technology
      PZEVs rather than ZEVs, and providing additional incentives for
      vehicles placed in "transportation systems."

      In preparing the modified regulatory language, the staff has made
      various additional revisions to best reflect the intent of the Board
      at the hearing. The staff has also identified several additional
      modifications - mostly technical - that are appropriate in order to
      make the amended regulations work as effectively as possible. The most
      significant post-hearing modifications provide more specific criteria
      to be used to determine how vehicles earn an "advanced componentry"
      allowance, allowing a manufacturer the option of basing its compliance
      on current rather than prior-year sales, and providing that a
      specialty version of a ZEV or PZEV may be tested using the same
      parameters used to test the base version.

      Modified text being made available. Attachment II to this notice
      contains the proposed title 13, CCR regulatory text showing the
      proposed modifications, along with explanations of the modified
      language and its rationale. Modifications developed after the hearing
      are specifically identified. The rulemaking also includes amendments
      to the "California Exhaust Emission Standards and Test Procedures for
      2003 and Subsequent Model Zero-Emission Vehicles, and 2002 and
      Subsequent Model Hybrid Electric Vehicles, in the Passenger Car,
      Light-Duty Truck and Medium-Duty Vehicle Classes," which is
      incorporated by reference in section 1962(h), title 13, CCR. Most of
      the amendments to the incorporated document are identical to the
      amendments to section 1962, and are therefore not separately shown in
      Attachment II. However, Attachment II does show the proposed
      amendments to the incorporated document that are supplemental to the
      section 1962. The complete text of the incorporated document with the
      proposed modifications clearly shown is available online at the ARB's
      Internet site for the re

      Additional supporting documents and information being made available.
      In accordance with Government Code section 11347.1, the staff has
      added to the rulemaking record the additional documents identified in
      Attachment III, which also describes how the public may inspect the
      documents. The most significant additional document is a staff
      response to a study entitled "Impacts of Alternative ZEV Sales
      Mandates on California Motor Vehicle Emissions" submitted by General
      Motors Corp. during the comment period just prior to the January

      Comments and subsequent action. In accordance with section 11346.8 of
      the Government Code, the Board directed the Executive Officer to make
      the modified amendments available to the public for a supplemental
      written comment period of at least 15 days. He is then directed either
      to adopt the amendments with such additional modifications as may be
      appropriate in light of the comments received, or to present the
      regulations to the Board for further consideration if warranted.

      Written comments on the proposed modifications and on the information
      identified in Attachment III may be submitted by postal mail,
      electronic mail, or facsimile as follows:

      Postal mail is to be sent to:

      Clerk of the Board
      Air Resources Board
      P.O. Box 2815
      Sacramento, California 95812

      Electronic mail is to be sent to: zev2001@...

      Facsimile submissions are to be transmitted to: (916) 322-3928

      In order to be considered by the Executive Officer, comments must be
      directed to the ARB in one of the three forms described above and
      received by the ARB by 5:00 p.m. on the last day for supplemental
      comment listed at the beginning of this notice. Only comments relating
      to the modifications to the text of the regulations or incorporated
      Test Procedure document, or to the additional information made
      available by this notice, will be considered by the Executive

      If you are a person with a disability and desire to obtain this
      document in an alternative format, please contact the Air Resources
      Board ADA coordinator at (916) 323-4916.

      Persons with hearing or speech impairments can contact us by using our
      Telephone Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (916) 324-9531 or (800)
      700-8326 for TDD calls from outside the Sacramento area.

      Robert H. Cross, Chief
      Mobile Source Control Division


      [FFEV = Full Function Electric Vehicle = fcvs
      ref: http://www.autoalliance.org/disbenefitsfinal012301.pdf ]

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