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California to use hybrid trucks

LorryCalifornia’s doing well on the green stakes lately. It may have more cars than practically anywhere else but, in addition to last week’s announcement that it will receive the first renewably sourced hydrogen filling station (Shell) and the first hydrogen cars (Honda), the California Air Resources Board has approved a comprehensive draft to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the state by 30 per cent within 12 years.

According to the Cunningham Report, a US transport news publication, the draft includes several proposed regulations to reduce emissions from trucks and from ships docked in California ports.

More from the Cunningham Report:

The plan, which details the main strategies California would use to reduce climate-changing GHGs, contains a mix of strategies, including regulations, voluntary measures and fees. Regulation of the transportation sector is one component, but the plan also focuses on numerous other elements, including energy efficiency and industrial sources.

Regarding transportation, the Air Board’s draft plan doesn’t delve too much into specifics but calls for, among other things:

  • A regulation to require improved efficiency for heavy duty trucks.
  • Hybridization of urban and short-haul trucks.
  • Development and implementation of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard that require oil companies to make cleaner domestically produced fuels.

Other measures the CARB included in the draft plan include a regulation to require ship electrification at ports, the installation of 3,000 MW of solar-electric capacity under California’s existing solar programs, and a high-speed passenger rail system from San Francisco to Anaheim.


  • lloyd
    Posted July 1, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    Hybrid Madness – why buy a hybrid substutite car
    Current 40-60 MPG Production Cars are Available not in America – GM
    Vauxhall 50.4mpg US
    Opel – General Motors Company
    Fiat 34.4 city 51.40 hwy combined 43.5 mpg US
    Renault 37.2 city 57.60 hwy combined 47.90 mpg US
    Citroen city 51.40 68.90 hwy combined 61.40 mpg

    Models Miles per gallon (MPG)
    1 – 83.10 mph CITROEN C1 MPG
    2 – 83.10 mph TOYOTA Aygo MPG
    3 – 80.70 mph FIAT Grande-Punto MPG
    4 – 78.40 mph VAUXHALL Corsa-MY
    5 – 76.30 mph FIAT New-Panda MPG
    6 – 76.30 mph PEUGEOT MPG
    7 – 76.30 mph CITROEN C2 MPG
    8 – 76.30 mph CITROEN C3 MPG
    9 – 76.30 mph VAUXHALL Corsa-MY2006 MPG

  • jay draiman
    Posted July 1, 2008 at 6:48 am

    You must serve as an example in implementing energy efficiency.

    I think if corporate America is serious about energy conservation; it must start with people at the top and roll down from there to the rest of the executives and employees.

    In order to accomplish such an important mission as energy conservation every executive and employee has to believe that what he is doing is the right thing.

    They must practice the same attitude at home and implement energy conservation at home. This attitude will carry on to the workplace.

    First thing that must be done is, each employee should be asked what has he/she done in their own lives to conserve energy, and than if the answer is positive advance the initiative from there, if not an education process must be implemented to drive the process home once this process has been achieved, it will be easier to get everyone to participate in energy conservation.

    The motive and behavior has to come from within each individual person – it must become part of a routine practice – it must become a way of life – reducing waste in any form.

    In today’s rising cost of energy – conservation must become a national theme.

    Jay Draiman, Energy Analyst

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