"EVs on the march, but CARB stays in the dark"
Further evidence that the action is in electric cars and the batteries that will energize them: General Electric has invested $4 million in Th!nk Global, and $20 million in A123. Business Week reports GE plugs into electric car investments. And Th!nk has debuted a larger concept car, which it has developed with an unnamed major automaker. Green Wombat has more info here.
Pretty soon it might be down to BMW and Honda advertising the hydrogen dream, with the California Air Resources Board acting as enabler. CARB staff is recommending lowering once again the required number of zero emission vehicles — this time by a mere 90%! Honda, the supposed H2 true believer, is actually given an incentive to produce fewer of its much touted Clarity FCV.
The Air Resources Board could probably find a way to lead by prodding early commercialization of battery ZEVs or plug-in hybrids, but instead it appears to be regulating itself into irrelevancy.
– Marc G. Plugs and Cars Blog