Amendments to the Low-Emission Vehicle Program - LEV III

This page last reviewed November 30, 2012

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Posted: October 5, 2012

Under contract to the Air Resources Board, Lotus Engineering, Inc., has completed a study on vehicle lightweighting, “Evaluating the Structure and Crashworthiness of a 2020 Model-Year, Mass-Reduced Crossover Vehicle Using FEA Modeling.”  Building on a March 2010, Lotus study, “An Assessment of Mass Reduction Opportunities for a 2017-2020 Model Year Vehicle Program” (http://theicct.org/lotus-lightweighting-study), this study demonstrated the crashworthiness of low mass body-in-white using computer aided analysis and simulation.  The study also provides a discussion on the applicability of a low-mass body structure engineering and manufacturing to other vehicle classes as well as a bill of material with a full cost analysis for the engineering and manufacturing of a body structure.  The study is the most comprehensive study of its kind to date and stands as an important body of work on vehicle lightweighting.  Included with the report are a USEPA contracted peer review and Lotus’ responses to the peer review.



POSTED:  August 30, 2012

To further California's commitments in support of a National Program to regulate passenger vehicle greenhouse gas emissions, tomorrow, (Friday, August 31, 2012) ARB will submit to California's Office of Administrative Law a regulatory proposal that would allow automobile manufacturer compliance with the EPA National Program greenhouse gas requirements for model years 2017-2025 to serve as compliance with California's adopted greenhouse gas emissions requirements for those same model years.  The Office should approve ARB's proposal for publication on Friday, September 14, 2012, which will start a comment period through the Board's planned November 15, 2012 hearing on the proposal.  Documents regarding that proposal will appear below and are further described at http://www.arb.ca.gov/regact/2012/leviiidtc12/leviiidtc12.htm

The staff of California Air Resources Board (ARB or "Board") is developing a proposal for Board's consideration later this year to amend California's Low-Emission Vehicle (LEV) regulations.  The proposed amendments, to be known as LEV III, ask for more stringent tailpipe and greenhouse gas emission standards for new passenger vehicles. Combining the control of smog-causing pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions into a single coordinated package of standards is a new approach to ARB's motor vehicle standards. The new approach also includes efforts to support and accelerate the numbers of plug-in hybrids and zero-emission vehicles in California. Find out more on the Advanced Clean Cars web portal or download the Advanced Clean Cars Program Factsheet [English] [Spanish].


 

  • The documents posted below support the Notice for the March 22, 2012 Hearing including the Final Regulation Order for LEV III, Final Test Procedures and the ARB Response to Comments on the Advanced Clean Cars Functional Equivalent Document
    • Notice of Decision delivered to the Secretary of Natural Resources
    • Responses to Comments on the Advanced Clean Cars Environmental Analysis
    • Attachment A-1: FINAL REGULATION ORDER
    • Attachment  A-2: CALIFORNIA 2001 THROUGH 2014 MODEL CRITERIA POLLUTANT EXHAUST EMISSION STANDARDS AND TEST PROCEDURES AND FOR 2009 THROUGH 2016 AND SUBSEQUENT MODEL GREENHOUSE GAS EXHAUST EMISSION STANDARDS AND TEST PROCEDURES FOR PASSENGER CARS, LIGHT‑DUTY TRUCKS, AND MEDIUM‑DUTY VEHICLES

    • Attachment A-3: CALIFORNIA 2015 AND SUBSEQUENT MODEL CRITERIA POLLUTANT EXHAUST EMISSION STANDARDS AND TEST PROCEDURES AND 2017 AND SUBSEQUENT MODEL GREENHOUSE GAS EXHAUST EMISSION STANDARDS AND TEST PROCEDURES FOR PASSENGER CARS, LIGHT‑DUTY TRUCKS, AND MEDIUM‑DUTY VEHICLESENGER CARS, LIGHT‑DUTY TRUCKS, AND MEDIUM‑DUTY VEHICLES
    • Attachment A-4: CALIFORNIA NON‑METHANE ORGANIC GAS TEST PROCEDURES
    • Attachment A-5: CALIFORNIA EVAPORATIVE EMISSION STANDARDS AND TEST PROCEDURES FOR 2001 AND SUBSEQUENT MODEL MOTOR VEHICLES
    • Attachment A-6: CALIFORNIA REFUELING EMISSION STANDARDS AND TEST PROCEDURES FOR 2001 AND SUBSEQUENT MODEL MOTOR VEHICLES
    • Attachment A-7: SPECIFICATIONS FOR FILL PIPES AND OPENINGS OF 1977 THROUGH 2014 MODEL MOTOR VEHICLE FUEL TANKS
    • Attachment A-8: SPECIFICATIONS FOR FILL PIPES AND OPENINGS OF 2015 AND SUBSEQUENT MODEL MOTOR VEHICLE FUEL TANKS
    • Attachment A-9: CALIFORNIA EXHAUST EMISSION STANDARDS AND TEST PROCEDURES FOR 2004 AND SUBSEQUENT MODEL HEAVY‑DUTY OTTO‑CYCLE ENGINES
    • Attachment A-10: CALIFORNIA EXHAUST EMISSION STANDARDS AND TEST PROCEDURES FOR 2004 AND SUBSEQUENT MODEL HEAVY-DUTY DIESEL -ENGINES AND VEHICLES
    • Attachment A-11: CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE LABEL SPECIFICATIONS FOR 2009 AND SUBSEQUENT MODEL YEAR PASSENGER CARS, LIGHT-DUTY TRUCKS, AND MEDIUM-DUTY PASSENGER VEHICLES
    • Attachment A-12: CALIFORNIA TEST PROCEDURES FOR EVALUATING SUBSTITUTE FUELS AND NEW CLEAN FUELS THROUGH 2014
    • Attachment A-13: CALIFORNIA TEST PROCEDURES FOR EVALUATING SUBSTITUTE FUELS AND NEW CLEAN FUELS IN 2015 AND SUBSEQUENT YEARS
Informal Regulatory Development Documents for LEV III Amendments

July 12, 19 and 26, 2011- The ARB held three evening community meetings in Fresno, Pacoima and Oakland, CA to get input on the Advanced Clean Car Regulations.


July 19, 2011
- ARB will host a scoping meeting for Advanced Clean Cars, changes to certification fuel specifications and the environmental performance label - LEV III:

The workshop will be available via webinar and audio conference. To access the meeting via Webinar, please register.

To participate via audio conference, dial:
Toll free#: 1-888-995-9572 (USA)
Passcode is: 60323

 

November 16, 2010 - ARB hosted a public workshop to discuss Advanced Clean Cars program and amendments to California's Low Emission Vehicle and Zero Emission Vehicle regulations to passenger cars - LEV III:


May 18, 2010
- ARB hosted a public workshop to discuss amendments to California's Low Emission Vehicle regulations to passenger cars - LEV III:


March 2, 2010 - ARB hosted a public workshop to discuss amendments to California's Low Emission Vehicle regulations to passenger cars - LEV III:

  • Workshop Notice (PDF - 21K) 
  • Preliminary Discussion Paper:Amendments to California's Low Emission Vehicle Regulations for Criteria Pollutants - LEV III (PDF - 560K)
  • Staff Presentations
  • LEV III - Criteria Emissions (PDF - 168K)
  • LEV III - Greenhouse Gas Emissions (PDF - 1.65M)
  • Supplemental Federal Test Procedures (SFTP) and Evaporative Emissions (PDF - 307K)
  • Environmental Performance Label (PDF - 245K)
  • Industry Presentations           
  • AAM/AIAM/EMA (PDF - 337K)
  • Vehicle Services Consulting (PDF - 30K)                   
Where Can I Get More Information?
If you would like more information, please call Paul Hughes at (626) 575-6977.

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