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August 27, 2003

Automakers Drop Lawsuits Over California ZEV Rules

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced on August 12th that it has reached an agreement with automakers and car dealers that will end litigation over the state's Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) regulation. The litigation involved three lawsuits—filed by DaimlerChrysler Corporation, General Motors Corporation, Isuzu Motors Limited, and several car dealers—challenging CARB's authority to promulgate the regulation. The agreement calls for the plaintiffs to dismiss their lawsuits once the new 2003 ZEV regulation is finalized. See the CARB press release (PDF 61 KB). Download Acrobat Reader.

As reported in the April 30th edition of this newsletter, the new 2003 ZEV regulation gives automakers greater flexibility, allowing automakers to earn credits by selling clean hybrid-electric or natural-gas vehicles, extremely clean conventional vehicles, or vehicles powered by fuel cells. See the April 30th story.