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Auto Industry Exceeding California’s Zero Emission Vehicles Standard (by A LOT) | Simon Mui’s Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

California’s Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) program, which is resulting in 3.3. million electric cars on the road by 2025 in California and nine other “Clean Car” states that have adopted the program, is up for some regulatory updates today before the California Air Resources Board (ARB). Unfortunately, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (AAM) – an industry association – and several automakers are pushing ARB to start moving for the brakes in 2014. This comes just after the Board’s unanimous, landmark vote last year to continue to grow and accelerate the clean, electric vehicle market.

The big irony is that the auto industry has not only succeeding in meeting the standards, but have vastly exceeded them. While industry analysts highlighted Tesla coming out on top in the ZEV program with last week’s release of data by ARB, my broader analysis of the industry and market sales data shows the industry – as a whole – has sold enough plug-in electric vehicles to exceed requirements by more than two times over the 2009 to 2013 time period (see chart below). Sales of plug-in electric vehicles in California have more than quadrupled over the past two years, withover 50,000 vehicles now sold. 2013 will be a remarkable year as the auto industry is on track to exceed the annual requirements by nearly four times, based on published information from Polk, an industry forecasting service.



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