In late January, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced that it will drastically scale down its mandate for electric-powered zero-emissions vehicles (ZEVs), originally set to begin in 2003 (see WEVTU — Sept. 15, '00, p.2). CARB now says it will require a total of only 4,670 ZEVs in 2003, as opposed to the more than 20,000 that would have been required under the previous mandate of 10% of each volume-manufacturer's fleet being a ZEV or ZEV “equivalent.” An analysis of the ...

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