Automakers are undermining the progress they’re making in expanding the market for electric cars and other zero-emission vehicles by petitioning against California’s mandates, a state regulator said today.
California will require automakers to sell millions of “zero-emission” vehicles -- battery- electric, plug-in hybrid and hydrogen-powered -- setting new standards followed by states from New York to Oregon.
California, the state with authority to set air-pollution rules stricter than U.S. government’s, is considering a plan requiring carmakers to sell more than 1 million autos by 2025 that emit little or no tailpipe or carbon exhaust.
U.S. regulators, who’ve asked automakers to restrict how drivers can use in-dashboard infotainment systems, may draft guidelines for mobile devices and voice-activated controls in cars, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said.
Chrysler Group LLC and plug-in car battery supplier A123 Systems Inc. may not receive some or all of the U.S. Energy Department loans they’re seeking to produce more fuel-efficient vehicles, under a proposal the House is scheduled to debate today.
U.S. auto-safety regulators proposed standardizing keyless ignitions to allow drivers to turn off cars faster and more easily in incidents of unintended acceleration following Toyota Motor Corp.’s record recalls.