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Automakers support new California regulation to cut air pollution

A new proposed regulation in California would require automakers to build more electric and hybrid vehicles by 2025, reports the Washington Post. Large automakers such as Ford Motor Corp., Chrysler Group LLC, General Motors Co., Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and others have already testified on the behalf of the new emission standards being proposed during a California Air Resources Board meeting.

"We can’t afford to wait. We have to act on these issues now," Mary Nichols, California Air Resources Board chairman, said at the panel’s meeting. "Our projections show continued growth in population and vehicle miles traveled, which will affect air quality for years to come."

A home air purifier could help decrease the toxins that can travel into residences until the proposed new regulations come into effect.

The new standards include cuts in greenhouse gas emissions and begin with new cars sold in 2015, as well as mandates that one in every seven new cars sold in California in 2012 would be a zero-emission or plug-in hybrid car. The state aims to have 1.4 million zero-emission or plug-in hybrid vehicles on the road by 2025.

While the plan works to create a more environmentally friendly state with cleaner air, it might take some time to see it come to fruition.