Report on Admendments to Low Emmision Vehicle Standards
SACRAMENTO – The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has released the final staff report on the proposed amendments to the Low Emission Vehicle standards, also known as "LEV II", in preparation for a November 5 public hearing in El Monte.
Changes to the original 1990 Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) standards include:
- Increasing the passenger car class weight limit to 8,500 lbs. making 90 percent of sport utility vehicles subject to LEV standards.
- Tightening medium-duty vehicles emission standards.
- Requiring manufacturers to increase durability standards from 100,000 miles to 120,000 miles.
- Awarding partial Zero-Emission Vehicle credit for those with the cleanest technologies reaching near zero-emissions.
The proposed LEV II standards are expected to reduce smog-forming evaporative and tailpipe emissions in Southern California by 56 tons per day by 2010. More Information or contact the Board's Public Information Office at (916) 322-2990.