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California Considers Killing Plug-In Hybrid Start-Ups

The California Air Resource Board...presumably an agency with a vested interest in advancing vehicle technology, might be about to push a clean-tech start-up into bankruptcy. What the frik is going on viagra mexico here?

There are two kinds of genuine viagra without prescription plug-in hybrids right now...the kind you can get, and the kind you can't get. The kind you can't get are built by large automakers like Toyota and should be able to get them in a few years...but right now, they simply aren't for sale.

The kind you actually can get are the sort that are built on top of an existing vehicle architecture (generally a Prius) and sold as upgrade kits by companies like 3ProngPower or Hymotion. These kits have become more prevalent in recent years, and can make a regular Prius look like a gas guzzler. We love these mod kits, even though they're expensive and impractical for most people.

We love them because they create a small initial market for battery and power-management technologies that would otherwise not find their way into vehicles at all. We love it because it shows car companies that there's a market for these new technologies. And We also just kinda love the spirit of the whole thing...geeks making geeky cars greener, how could anyone argue with that.

Well, the California Air Resource Board (CARB) isn't a big fan actually. They think that these modded cars should have to live up to all the same regulations as a new vehicle entering the very good site levitra costs market. So they're thinking about requiring start-ups funded out of the pockets of the owners to pay for $200,000 in emissions tests.

This is ridiculous, for two reasons. First, this is a clean technology based on a freaking Toyota Prius...I don't care how many tests they require, they're going to online ordering cialis find that these cars are cleaner than you average Californian's SUV.

Second, there's simply no way that the market for these products is going to be large enough to make a difference to California's air quality. We're talking about, maximum, four-figure sales here. This technology isn't going to replace the internal combustion engine and, if it actually starts to, then they can regulate it.

In the meantime, how about we let the people who really want plug-in hybrids NOW buy the plug-in hybrids that they can get, and not regulate start-ups into nonexistence before their products even hit the market.

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TAKE ACTION: public comment still open o
written by Daniel Bell, January 19, 2009
You can post your public comments to CARB here:

You can view comments that have been posted so far here:

Please take action and let the board know that want them to work with the buy levitra in canada conversion industry rather than destroying it.

Thanks to Hank for getting this story out there.
Someone seems to no prescription cheapest tramadol be losing money here...
written by Elepski, January 19, 2009
That's the only reason this would happen... From my understanding.. most of these companies are only modding the EV portion of the drive train... not the intake.. not the exhaust.. The only place where CARB should not be able to tread. I say that the auto makers have a hand in this... as they never approve of viagra discount aftermarket solutions that fix there shortcomings; unless of course they sell it in the dealership parts department at a markup.
posted public comment
written by Mark Bartosik, January 20, 2009
please follow link above and post your public comments.
A typical case
written by Chris, January 20, 2009
...of extreme overregulation standing in the way of a much needed innovation. I have to agree with Elepski - this overregulation does probably serve a specific purpose...
written by Jeremy, January 20, 2009
This is the tip of the iceberg of the overregulation that is killing the CA economy. Any thinking of starting a small business in CA is stark-raving insane, as the bureaucrat vultures will bleed you dry of all capital, then fine you for a toxic spill if a drop of levitra pfizer online your blood falls onto the cheap canadian pharmacy ground.

If you want to fix the CA economy, fire every other bureaucrat and tear out 2 out of every 3 pages of regulations. You could these at random, and CA would be better off.

Anyone with brains is going John Galt on CA, and moving to a free state where they can actually have a chance at making a small business run. Why anyone would operate a physical/manufacturing business in CA boggles the mind.
How to tax
written by Joe, January 20, 2009
Its because the Government hasent figured out (yet)how to re-coup the gasoline tax that it will be losing out of. Wake up.
Liberalism at its Dumbest
written by Jay Tee, January 21, 2009
Keep that democrat legislature in control. That way California will finally die.
Over regulated, over taxed, and over-burdened with illegal immigrants.

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