Several of my articles have discussed that fact that a single entity can influence changes in car design or fuel usage. California is one such entity. Over 50 years ago the State of California started to push for emission controls that would affect the whole car industry. California has the biggest population of any State in the USA and is the third biggest by land mass. This means that the market for any product is likely to be huge and gives the legislators a lot of power to dictate what is sold there. Let's set the scene. For many years the US was the largest market for cars in the world and the big companies played lots of tricks to force people into cars – for example General Motors bought up bus companies and then closed them and the lobbying for larger and wider roads lead to cities being dominated by cars with minimal choices for public transport. In 1966 California’s Motor Vehicle Pollution Control Board created the worlds first emission control standard and in 1967 … [Read More...]
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