CNGVCCalifornia Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition
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According to CNGVC, CARB said it abandoned the tougher emissions standard because transit agencies that power their buses with compressed natural gas would lose state funding opportunities for new bus purchases if the original standard were left in place.
However, CNGVC said CARB staff failed to point out to the board that federal incentives cover more than 83 percent of the cost of new alternative fuel buses, "which so sharply reduces the cost of new buses for transit agencies that the state funding program isn't relevant."
In the ad, which is directed to members of CARB, CNGVC identifies three policy options for the transit fleet rule prior to the board's vote on October 20 -- "stay the course and leave the existing rule and standards in place for 2007," "'harmonize' the standard with federal heavy-duty truck emission standards" or "eliminate the diesel path for transit buses and require all new transit buses to be alternative fuel vehicles."
According to CNGVC, the existing rule was made after "careful consideration" in 1999 to help cut air pollution.
According to CNGVC, the manufacture of NGVs could potentially help automakers meet the California Air Resources Board's (CARB) newly released proposal to require such companies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from their vehicles by 30 percent during the next 10 years.