Today I attended the SF EVA meeting and had a really cool time. I was just reading some comments by JohnH in the Don't Convert It. Electrify It! and found it very in line with some of the things I heard at the meeting.
The SF EVA meeting was attended by the author of Plug-in Hybrids: The Cars that will Recharge America as well as the guy who did the first plug-in prius conversion. However they seem to be regulars, the main purpose of the meeting was so some of us could show two-wheeler EV's.
Sherry Boschert had been at the CARB meeting last week..
She described how the CARB decision was a mixed blessing. That even though they watered down the requirements, they also agreed to go back and rethink the whole system. Over the years the original mandate of simply requiring n% of vehicles sold to be Zero Emissions got turned into a complex system that nobody understands.
Another thing she pointed out is a reason why the Volt and some other vehicles aren't going to be available until 2010 or later. It's that the car company earned so many points e.g. by selling NEV's that they don't need to sell any EV's to meet CARB requirements until then.