The Clean Vehicle Calculator compares driving a 2011 or 2012 clean vehicle model to an average gasoline-powered vehicle for 15,000 miles per year (using the EPA’s Annual Fuel Economy Trends Report average vehicle data).
For the clean vehicle comparisons, we are using the EPA City and Highway mileage data. Since the calculator is designed for Southern California drivers, we used the Federal Highway Administration data for California (urban) driver patterns - 57% highway miles; 43% city miles. http://www.greenercars.org
The first Clean Air Choices vehicle list was created in 2001 using ULEV or cleaner tailpipe emissions criteria and included trucks and vans. In 2005, the decision was made to remove ULEV rated vehicles. In 2009, the decision was made to remove SULEV rated vehicles in order to focus on PZEV or cleaner. The 2012 Clean Air Choices list includes passenger vehicles with emissions certified by CARB as partial zero emission and cleaner, sold and available at retail dealerships in our district. Lease-only and/or limited production vehicles may also be CARB certified PZEV or better, but they are usually not available in dealer showrooms, and generally not included on our Clean Air Choices list. Both vehicle lists can be downloaded as PDFs from http://www.cleanairchoices.org.
Please visit the http://www.cleanairchoices.org site for additional resources regarding clean vehicle incentives and rebates.
Yes! The Clean Air Choices vehicle pages are just the beginning. We will be rolling out additional tools and resources to guide you through making cleaner choices for your home.
We will be updating the calculator once a year or more often as new vehicles are added to the Clean Air Choices Clean Vehicles lists.
Yes! The High Emitter Replace or Scrap 2 (HEROS2) program seeks to take polluting vehicles off the road by offering a cash incentive to consumers to scrap their vehicle and an additional incentive to replace it with a newer, more fuel-efficient vehicle. Please visit http://heros2.org/.