California Lawmaker Withdraws Proposed Bill to Require that 15% of all New Car Sales are Zero-Emission by 2025

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Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009, and has seen himself published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also works as editor in chief for a large performance car online publication. His specialty lays in the high-performance realm, but has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Prior to being an automotive writer, he was an automotive technician and manager for six years, but spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

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, Automotive Editor - August 19, 2016

It’s incredible how quickly the automotive world can change. Just days ago, California announced it would introduce a new bill that would require 15 percent of all new car sales to be zero-emission vehicles. Today, an announcement came down that the bill’s author would withdraw it.

The bill would have modified the existing clean car credits system, which is flawed and results in automakers submitting credits instead of actually selling zero-emission cars. Tesla has gone on record saying that there are just too many credits, resulting in ineffectiveness.

The bill’s author, Autumn Burke, said, “With just a week and a half to move the bill through, there just wasn't enough time to overcome the opposition.” So, instead of going into overdrive to take on automakers and big oil, she chose to park the bill altogether.

This isn’t a permanent stop, though, as Burke plans to meet with all parties with an interest in this bill and release a revised version in 2017, according to Automotive News.

We’ll continue monitoring this bill and bring you updates as they become available.

Fortunately for fans of zero-emission vehicles, there are plenty of great deals on them today. For example, the 2016 Nissan LEAF is available on a 36-month lease for just $199 per month with $0 due at signing. In addition to this deal, there is also 0 percent APR for up to 72 months on the LEAF and up to $6,000 in available bonus cash ($4,000 in finance bonus cash and $2,000 in standard bonus cash).

, Automotive Editor

Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009, and has seen himself published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also works as editor in chief for a large performance car online publication. His specialty lays in the high-performance realm, but has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Prior to being an automotive writer, he was an automotive technician and manager for six years, but spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

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