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      EVLN(Fed judge delays CARB mandate for 2 years)
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      informational purposes. Contact publication for reprint rights.]
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      [ Earl POSTed the item below on the RAV4_EV group.
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      http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/3489265.htm
      Posted on Mon, Jun. 17, 2002
      Judge delays electric-car mandate

      FRESNO, Calif. - A federal judge has issued a preliminary
      injunction delaying enforcement of California's electric-car
      mandate in its current form for two years.

      U.S. District Judge Robert Coyle granted the injunction last
      week after a request from General Motors Corp. and
      DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler unit.

      The auto makers contend in a pending lawsuit against the
      California Air Resources Board that the so-called
      zero-emission-vehicle mandate is illegal because it allows
      the state to regulate automotive fuel economy, a power
      reserved for the federal government.

      The board has countered that the program, which had been set
      to take effect in 2003, addresses clean-air concerns beyond
      fuel economy.

      The injunction marks the latest legal twist in a battle over
      the state's clean-car program that has dragged on for more
      than a decade.

      Auto industry officials say the ruling postpones the entire
      program until 2005, pending the resolution of the suit by GM
      and Chrysler.

      But state officials argue the judge's order still allows the
      program to take effect next year, just without a set of
      changes the board made in 2001 in response to auto industry
      protests that the earlier version was too tough.

      In 2001, the Air Resources Board decided to allow auto
      makers to earn credits toward the mandate by rolling out
      technologies such as hybrid gasoline and electric cars. The
      cars are already on sale.

      The board allowed the hybrid cars, hoping it would force the
      industry to continue to perfect zero-emission technologies.

      However, the amendments prompted the lawsuit by GM and
      Chrysler claiming the program amounted to an illegal state
      fuel-economy mandate.

      Richard Varenchik, Air Resources Board spokesman, told the
      Wall Street Journal the board hasn't decided whether to
      appeal the injunction.

      "If this stands, we simply take a step back," he said. "The
      thing that's sort of odd about this is it appears the auto
      makers have litigated against a rule that gave them more
      options and more flexibility."


      � 2001 mercurynews and wire service sources. All Rights
      Reserved. http://www.bayarea.com

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      [I found]
      http://www.redbluffdailynews.com/archives/index.inn?loc=detail&doc=/2002/June/18-3054-news66.txt
      June 18, 2002
      FEDERAL JUDGE DELAYS ENFORCEMENT OF ELECTRIC CARS

      FRESNO (AP) - A federal judge has issued a preliminary
      injunction delaying enforcement of California's electric-car
      mandate in its current form for two years.

      U.S. District Judge Robert Coyle granted the injunction last
      week after a request from General Motors Corp. and
      DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler unit.

      The auto makers contend in a pending lawsuit against the
      California Air Resources Board that the so-called
      zero-emission-vehicle mandate is illegal because it allows
      the state to regulate automotive fuel economy, a power
      reserved for the federal government.

      The board has countered that the program, which had been set
      to take effect in 2003, addresses clean-air concerns beyond
      fuel economy.

      The injunction marks the latest legal twist in a battle over
      the state's clean-car program that has dragged on for more
      than a decade.

      Auto industry officials say the ruling postpones the entire
      program until 2005, pending the resolution of the suit by GM
      and Chrysler.

      But state officials argue the judge's order still allows the
      program to take effect next year, just without a set of
      changes the board made in 2001 in response to auto industry
      protests that the earlier version was too tough.

      In 2001, the Air Resources Board decided to allow auto
      makers to earn credits toward the mandate by rolling out
      technologies such as hybrid gasoline and electric cars. The
      cars are already on sale.

      The board allowed the hybrid cars, hoping it would force the
      industry to continue to perfect zero-emission technologies.

      However, the amendments prompted the lawsuit by GM and
      Chrysler claiming the program amounted to an illegal state
      fuel-economy mandate.

      Richard Varenchik, Air Resources Board spokesman, told the
      Wall Street Journal the board hasn't decided whether to
      appeal the injunction.
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