California to Force Small Automakers to Make Plug-in Hybrids

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

When it comes to zero emissions vehicles the state of California will bend its rules for smaller automakers, but only a little.

Environmental regulators in California have decided that even small automakers will have to comply with clean-car rules that mandate the sale of zero-emission vehicles, but has adjusted the rules to allow plug-in hybrid vehicles to earn credits for smaller automakers.

Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru and Volvo have all pleaded with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to be exempted from the mandate, saying that their small R&D budgets prohibit them from developing and selling electrified vehicles as easily as other automakers including Ford, GM and Nissan.

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The board’s decision will allow the five smaller automakers, all of which have less than $40 billion in annual global revenue, to have the option of selling plug-in hybrids to earn credits towards compliance, rather than being forced to sell all-electric or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. If the automakers aren’t able to sell enough, they will still need to purchase credits from automakers such as Tesla, that sell electric vehicles in large numbers.

The state could still tweak its rules following a midterm review next year.

[Source: Automotive News]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Smartacus Smartacus on Jun 01, 2015

    Shell Game They know the only goal is to force them to buy credits from Tesla. How did Subaru fall out of favor with California? Isn't it supposed to be very popular with the same-sex crowd?

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