Proposed regulations clarify FEOC restrictions and clean vehicle tax credit compliance for manufacturers aiming to produce eligible EVs.

By Jean-Philippe Brisson, Jim Cole, Eli M. Katz, Qingyi Pan, Rob Thompson, J. Dylan White, and Sam Wong

As countries around the world accelerate the transition to clean energy, the race to gain shares in the electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing market is intensifying, with global sales of EVs rising 31% in 2023.[1]

To facilitate increased

By Michael G. Romey, Ryan Waterman, and Aron Potash

On March 18, 2011, a San Francisco Superior Court ruling (PDF) put the brakes on California’s implementation of its 2008 Scoping Plan, which established the State’s roadmap to achieve the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goal expressed in the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32).  Pointing to alleged substantive and procedural flaws in how the California Air Resources Board (CARB) complied with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) when approving the Scoping Plan, the court enjoined CARB from any further implementation of the measures contained in the Scoping Plan until after CARB “comes into complete compliance with its obligations” under CEQA.  The decision brings into question whether CARB will be able to proceed as planned with implementing by January 2012 the cap-and-trade scheme, which is the centerpiece of the first economy-wide program in the United States to limit GHG emissions.