Zero Emission Vehicles
Zero-emission vehicles, or ZEVs are vehicles that produce no tailpipe pollutants. Ideally the ZEVs should be powered from zero emission fuel sources (e.g. electric fuel produced from renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, hydro or geothermal). Programs to increase use of ZEVs are being pursued to help reduce air pollution problems.
- Zero Emission Vehicle Program - Air Resources Board, California EPA "Mobile sources account for well over half of the emissions which contribute to ozone and particulate matter and nearly 40 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions in California. In order to meet California's health based air quality standards and greenhouse gas emission reduction goals, the cars we drive and the fuel we use must be transformed away from petroleum. ARB has adopted a new approach on passenger vehicles ... to support and accelerate the numbers of plug-in hybrids and zero-emission vehicles in California."
- French government launches new law allowing it to ban half the private cars in Paris - The Independent 22march2015 During periods of air pollution crisis the Franch government triggers a pollution control law which allows it to ban half the private cars in the greater Paris area.
- 2015.02.05 - London cab drivers call for electric taxi charging network | AirQualityNews 05feb2015 "London cab drivers are urging the Mayor to establish a network of 500 electric and hybrid vehicle rapid charge points for the sole use of taxis in a bid to boost the capital’s air quality. ... and boosting electric vehicle uptake in London’s taxi and private hire industry."
- Will Smog in China Spur Climate Solutions? - AAFrank comment at Google+ 03july2014, AAFrank comment at Facebook 06aug2014 Solutions include more use of plug-in hybrid vehicles, renewable energy and biofuels.
- RI, Mass. unveil plan for clean car campaign | wpri.com 29may2014 Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maryland, Oregon, Connecticut, Vermont, California and New York are working together to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the nation’s roads by 2025.
- California's Advanced Clean Cars program - Air Resources Board, California EPA Ultra-low emission PHEVs are typically classified together with the zero emissions vehicles for regulatory purposes.
- Plug-In Hybrids Are Not Gasmobiles - AAFrank comment at Google+ 04jan2015, AAFrank comment at Facebook 04jan2015 PHEVs produce zero emissions during all-electric driving and produce ultra-low emissions when driving on liquid biofuel.
Fuel Cell Vehicles
Fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) are often misclassified as ZEVs. FCVs use hydrogen fuel made primarily from fossil natural gas, so emissions are produced when the hydrogen fuel is made. Thus, all FCVs on the road today are actually fossil fuel vehicles that should be held responsible for the pollution released during production of their hydrogen fuel.
- 2014.08.05 - Why Hydrogen Cars Can't Compete With Pure Electric Cars | ThinkProgress See also: comment by AAFrank.