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California today announces what’s expected to be the strongest push ever for electric cars, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and other advanced-technology vehicles to be sold in the state, yet an environmental group says it’s not enough.

The Union of Concerned Scientists says California ought to boost its electric-car mandate 30%, to require automakers to sell 1.8 million so-called zero-emission vehicles by 2025.

Nissan’s Leaf and Mitsubishi’s i electric cars are the best examples.

Of course, the only way ZEVs can be totally emission-free is if the power to recharge their batteries doesn’t pollute, either. In California’s case, that’s easier than elsewhere because of the availability of hydroelectricity. But overall, half the electricity generated in the U.S. is from burning coal.

Here’s the statement from the Union of Concerned Scientists in advance of the full details of the new California clean-air program:

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) … outlines of a Zero Emissions Vehicles (ZEV) program that represents the state’s strongest push for advanced vehicles in the program’s 20-year history, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). The program aims to have battery, fuel cell, and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles account for up to 15% of California’s new vehicle sales in 2025. Overall, the program would result in as many as 1.4 million such vehicles being sold in California between 2018 and 2025.

Read the entire article at: Driveon

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