Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Production RequirementsThe California Air Resources Board (ARB) certifies new passenger cars, light-duty trucks, and medium-duty passenger vehicles as ZEVs if the vehicles produce zero exhaust emissions of any criteria pollutant (or precursor pollutant) under any and all possible operational modes and conditions. Manufacturers with annual sales greater than 60,000 vehicles must produce and deliver for sale in California a minimum percentage of ZEVs for each model year as follows:
|Model Year||Minimum ZEV Requirement|
|2018 and on||16%|
Manufacturers with annual sales between 4,501 and 60,000 vehicles may comply with the ZEV requirements through multiple alternative compliance options that include producing low emission vehicles and obtaining ZEV credits. Manufacturers with annual sales of 4,500 vehicles or less are not subject to this regulation.
In January 2012, ARB approved a new emissions control program for vehicle model years 2017 through 2025. The program combines the control of smog, soot, and global warming gases and requirements for ZEVs into a single package of standards called Advanced Clean Cars. See the ZEV Program website for more information.
(Reference California Code of Regulations Title 13, Section 1962.1)