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The WSJ has a light piece this morning on California Air Resources Board regulation. I say light because it really doesn't get into the depth and breath of CARB, especially among Compact States. I have responded to it and hopeyou'll correct any errors I may have made in recalling details over the past couple of years.
Policy in California, not Washington, D.C., is biggest driver of cleaner-car mandates
Unmentioned here is the number of other states that signed onto the CARB compact; 13 total as I recall, including New York. In doing so, these other states adopt legislation and regulations in whole from California, promoting peculiarities, such as my BMW i3 with range extender is registered by NY DMV as a GASOLINE vehicle despite the gas power only charging the battery (not driving the wheels). But that's the dictatorial CARB way and 12 other states play along or risk losing their certification.
CARB also commands manufacturers directly, demanding certain design features in order to meet their dogma, such as the absurdly limited reserve gasoline tank capacity in my i3 (~1.75 gals). That volume of gas is generally enough, but what it does not contemplate is the added gas-power range needed in COLD weather states where batteries lose 20% capacity in the winter.
The Trump administration should consider amending these design regulations to benefit manufacturers, buyers and states.
Ray, Giga REx
Years of prototype Plug-in testing thru work (NYSERDA)