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California's Advanced Clean Cars program
California has a long and successful history of adopting technology-advancing vehicle emission standards to protect public health. In January 2012, the Air Resources Board approved a new emissions-control program for model years 2017 through 2025. The program combines the control of smog, soot and global warming gases and requirements for greater numbers of zero-emission vehicles into a single package of standards called Advanced Clean Cars.
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By 2025, when the rules will be fully implemented:
- New automobiles will emit 34 percent fewer global warming gases and 75 percent fewer smog-forming emissions.
- Environmentally superior cars will be available across the range of models, from compacts, to SUVs, pickups and minivans.
- Consumer savings on fuel costs will average $6,000 over the life of the car. The savings more than offsets the average $1,900 increase in vehicle price for the ultra-clean, high-efficiency technology.