CA Passes Landmark Law Requiring Many More Zero-Emission Vehicles Page 2

January 30, 2012
Golden Gate Bridge, connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California

Golden Gate Bridge, connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California

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Honda, Hyundai, Toyota to blame?

"This will result in a gaping loophole [that] will cause the loss of hundreds of thousands of plug-in cars in California," raged Jay Friedland, Plug-In America's legislative director, calling the provision "a bad deal for California and for the United States."

Friendlander also named automakers he felt were responsible for the low trade-in provision: "Honda, Hyundai, and Toyota are once again trying to game the system."

None of those makers has committed thus far to building and selling more than a few thousand plug-in vehicles a year, unlike Nissan, Chevrolet, and Tesla.

Auto dealers against, as always

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And auto-dealer groups continued their steady drumbeat of opposition to higher-mileage and cleaner cars.

The California New Car Dealers Association opposed the rules because regular hybrid vehicles did not qualify as zero-emission vehicles.

The group contends that the new regulations will raise the price of new cars, cutting into sales.

Most reasonable projections say the increased purchase price will be outweighed by reduced fuel costs over the life of the vehicle, but retail buyers generally overweight the importance of initial cost and underweight the total cost of ownership of their new vehicle.

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