California ARB to hold workshop on minor modifications to ZEV regulation; no battery swaps for fast refueling
The California Air Resources Board (ARB) plans to hold a one-day workshop on 20 May in Sacramento to discuss a staff proposal for minor modifications to the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Regulation. Minor modifications include clarifying the Section 177 state optional compliance path provision; defining how caps apply to a manufacturer’s requirements; and excluding battery swapping as a “fast refueling” technology.
Fast refueling plays a role in the classification of different types of ZEVs and the calculation of ZEV credits.
Under the curent regulations, the “fast refueling capability” requirement for a 2009 through 2017 model year Type III, IV, or V ZEV will be considered met if the Type III ZEV has the capability to accumulate at least 95 miles of UDDS range in 10 minutes or less and the Type IV or V ZEV has the capability to accumulate at least 190 or 285 miles, respectively, in 15 minutes or less.
Essentially, the higher the type number, the more credits the vehicle earns for the manufacturer when it is placed in service in California.