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Thursday, August 8, 2019

CARB Finalizes Rule for Light-Duty Engine Packages Installed in New Light-Duty Specially-Produced Motor Vehicles

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has issued final certification procedures for receiving an Executive Order (EO) for new light-duty engine packages installed in new light-duty specially-produced motor vehicles (SPMVs). The rule includes certification procedures for the manufacturers of SPMVs.

The industry-supported CARB rule helps implement a provision in a 2015 federal law called the “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act” (FAST Act) that permits small auto manufacturers to sell up to 325 replica cars in the U.S. each year that resemble classic vehicles originally produced at least 25 years ago. Although CARB has completed its work governing engine packages for SPMVs (i.e. replica cars), the law has not taken effect because the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has failed to issue regulations or implement the law. The FAST Act required NHTSA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue any necessary regulations by December 4, 2016.  

One simple regulatory option for NHTSA is to update the agency website so that low-volume manufacturers can register and file annual reports. Many small businesses made investments based on the premise that they could begin producing and selling vehicles in early 2017. Instead, they have lost money and been unable to hire workers and sell turnkey replica cars to eager customers.

The FAST Act mandates that replica vehicles will meet current model-year clean-air standards. Companies producing the vehicles will have the option of installing an engine package that has received a CARB EO or a motor vehicle engine package that is already covered by an EPA certificate of conformity for a current model-year vehicle. While CARB has completed its EO engine package regulation, the EPA is still finalizing a guidance document for its engine packages.

Source: SEMA News

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

A List of Pre-Approved Aerodynamic Devices Now Available For Use in GHG Phase 2 Trailer Certification Process

A List of Pre-Approved Aerodynamic Devices Now Available For Use in GHG Phase 2 Trailer Certification Process

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is making available a list of all Pre-Approved Aerodynamic Devices that Trailer Manufacturers can use to certify trailers for the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Phase 2 Trailer Certification process. The list of the Pre-Approved Aero Device can be accessed at the Phase 2 GHG Trailer Certification web page or at the Tractor-Trailer Greenhouse Gas (TTGHG) Interim Aero Device Approval Program page.


In 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) adopted the second phase of the GHG and fuel-efficiency standards for heavy-duty trucks. The federal Phase 2 standards build upon the federal heavy-duty GHG Phase 1 standards. In February 2018, CARB largely harmonized with federal Phase 2 standards. The GHG emission standards in California will begin in model year 2021 for new class 2b to 8 medium- and heavy-duty engines and tractors, and will be fully phased-in by model year 2027.

The California Phase 2 GHG regulation also established CO2 emission standards for certain trailers used in combination with tractors. The trailer standards take effect for all trailer manufacturers in 2020. The standards are intended to make trailers more efficient and lower the greenhouse gas emissions associated with their use. Affected trailer types include box-type trailers (dry van and refrigerated van trailers of all lengths), flat bed trailers, tank trailers, and container chassis. Beginning January 1, 2020, trailer manufacturers must certify to California standards and receive an Executive Order from CARB to legally sell trailers in California.

During the Phase 2 GHG rulemaking, CARB also amended the Tractor Trailer Greenhouse Gas (TTGHG) regulation to harmonize with the Phase 2 trailer requirements and allow fleets to utilize tire and aerodynamic technologies approved under Phase 2 GHG procedures to comply with TTGHG trailer requirements. Since the California Phase 2 standards for trailers apply to trailers certified in the 2020 and subsequent model year, CARB’s TTGHG amendments also allow trailer fleet owners to comply with the TTGHG trailer requirements by using the Phase 2 GHG’s trailer certification technology prior to 2020 via a new program called the TTGHG Interim Aero Device Approval Program for 2018 and 2019. The TTGHG Interim Aero Device Approval Program allows aerodynamic device manufacturers to obtain a preliminary approval for the measured performance of aerodynamic drag reduction technologies.


If you have any questions regarding the list of Pre-Approved Aero Devices, please contact Moslem Hossein Mardi, Air Resources Engineer, at (916) 440-8282. If you have questions regarding the California Phase 2 trailer certification, please send an email at TrailerCert@arb.ca.gov.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Toyota Avalon TRD Drift Car Experience with Ken Gushi & Jarryd Wallace | Toyota Racing

Jarryd Wallace, paralympic athlete for Team Toyota, met up with professional drift car driver Ken Gushi to check out the new 2020 Avalon TRD. Car drift racing with the Avalon will leave you surprised. Watch more Toyota Racing videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsMNr... Sign Up for 2020 Avalon TRD Updates: https://www.toyota.com/upcoming-vehic... Learn more about Toyota racing: https://www.toyota.com/racing Subscribe for more Toyota videos: http://bit.ly/ToyotaSubscribe Connect with Toyota USA online: Visit the Toyota WEBSITE: http://bit.ly/ToyotaSite Like Toyota on FACEBOOK: http://bit.ly/ToyotaUSAFB Follow Toyota on TWITTER: http://bit.ly/ToyotaTwitter Follow Toyota on INSTAGRAM: http://bit.ly/ToyotaInsta

Monday, June 3, 2019

Two petroleum suppliers to pay $1 million for clean air violations

$500,000 goes to community clean-air projects in San Joaquin Valley, San Diego

SACRAMENTO – The California Air Resources Board today announced it has fined two petroleum product suppliers — George E. Warren Corp. and Shell Pipeline Co. — for failure to comply with California air quality regulations.
George E. Warren Corp. and Shell Pipeline Co. were fined $735,000 and $300,000, respectively.
The fuel violation was discovered during a routine sampling audit of an import marine vessel at the Port of Los Angeles. California Air Resources Board inspectors determined approximately 11 million gallons of motor fuel imported by George E. Warren Corp. had exceeded the threshold concentration of olefins allowed under the California Reformulated Gasoline Regulation.
Olefins are a type of hydrocarbon that readily reacts with sunlight to form smog. By reducing the olefin content of gasoline, the amount of smog formed and the amount of 1,3 butadiene (a toxic compound) in exhaust emissions are reduced.
The fuel imported at Shell Pipeline Co. facilities had been distributed to five separate bulk terminals downstream of the original import location, and to several retail service stations.
“Companies must demonstrate that their products will not result in excess emissions into our air,” California Air Resources Board Enforcement Division Chief Todd Sax said. “Periodic testing of fuel by companies and inspections by CARB ensure that Californians will not be exposed to harmful air pollutants.”
Once they were made aware of the noncompliant fuel, George E. Warren and Shell Pipeline took prompt action to halt all movement and sales of the fuel. CARB estimates approximately 1.3 million gallons of affected fuel was sold at retail stations. Once CARB determined the fuel was re-blended and in compliance, sales were allowed to continue.
To resolve the violations, George E. Warren and Shell Pipeline agreed to pay the combined total of $1,035,000. The companies also agreed to offset $501,327 of the settlement by funding eight Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs). Projects include air filtration, health and air pollution research, community air monitoring, and identification of diesel pollution hotspots. All projects were selected to improve health and education, and provide funding for exposure reduction projects in San Joaquin Valley and San Diego disadvantaged communities.

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