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Fuel-Efficient Tire Program
Assembly Bill 844 (Nation, Chapter 645, Statutes of 2003) requires the California Energy Commission, in consultation with the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB), to adopt and implement a tire energy efficiency program of statewide applicability for replacement tires for passenger cars and light-duty trucks. Once this program is in place, the Commission, in consultation with CIWMB, shall review and revise the program, as necessary, but not less than once every three years.
There are approximately 26 million passenger vehicles currently registered in California. Approximately 5 million of these vehicles are less than three years old running on original equipment tires, which tend to already be low rolling resistance. If the remaining 21 million vehicles used tires with a 10% lower rolling resistance this would result in statewide savings of 252 million gallons of fuel, $882 million, and 2.7 million metric tons less CO2 emissions annually.
The program will have both minimum efficiency standards -- set by the Energy Commission in the Tire Efficiency Proceeding (Docket # 07-FET-1) -- and a consumer information and education component.
For more information on this program, please contact:
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-27
Sacramento, CA 95814-5512
Telephone: (916) 654-4201
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