Learning from California’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Program

The Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) program was initiated by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in 1990 with a directive at achieving significant new emission reductions from the state's passenger vehicle fleet. It essentially set a sales mandate in place for battery-electric vehicles. In this essay, the authors relate that there have not been cost and performance improvements of battery-electric vehicles, and as such, a different program should be pursued. The authors first look at the relationship between the ZEV program and technology development. This is followed by an examination of the environmental outcomes of theZEV program. Finally, the authors look at what lessons can be be learned from the ZEV program. They conclude that a technology-neutral program may be more appropriate, such as one in which incremental yet signifincant advances are supported in conventional internal combusion engine vehicles.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Bibliography; Figures; References; Tables;
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  • Accession Number: 01077189
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Created Date: Sep 28 2007 8:56AM