CARB requires manufacturers to provide EV service information

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has approved the Advanced Clean Cars II regulations. The Advanced Clean Cars II regulations are in response to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive order requiring all new cars sold in California to be zero-emissions by 2035. CARB passed the Advanced Clean Cars I regulations in 2012.

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The Advanced Clean Cars II regulations include a variety of initiatives to put California on the path to zero emissions by 2035. For independent repairers in particular, the Clean Car regulations consistently require equal access and disclosure for Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs). the California Service Information Regulation. This means that independent repairers in California must have access to the same OEM service information and repair procedures as current internal combustion engine vehicles.

In addition, the Advanced Clean Cars II regulations require standardized tools for reprogramming Electronic Control Units (ECUs) and require standardization for some vehicle tool data. The regulations also require that zero-emission vehicles have a standardized data connection (such as an OBD-II port) and use standardized communication protocols.

Under these regulations, OEMs must provide independent technicians with “powertrain” service and repair information for all zero-emission vehicles. The powertrain includes all components and systems related to fueling and the drive. This mimics what is already being done for conventional vehicles for CCR 1969 service and repair information.

The Alliance for Automotive Innovation, which represents automakers and automotive suppliers that produce over 95% of new vehicles sold in California, has expressed support for the Advanced Clean Cars II Regulations.

“Independent repairers perform 70 percent of post-warranty repairs,” said Steve Douglas, vice president of energy and environment at the Alliance for Automotive Innovation. “You are an indispensable partner for car manufacturers. That doesn’t change with the transition to an EV future either. We have long supported and will continue to support the inclusion of electric vehicles in California’s service information requirements and would support their inclusion in the EPA’s service information regulations for nationwide.”

Fred Hules II, Executive Chairman of the Automotive Service Association (ASA), added: “It is important that independent auto repair shops continue to have access to the service information and repair procedures they need to repair vehicles effectively and safely. ASA is pleased to see California charting a path for the rest of the nation for uninterrupted access to zero-emission vehicle service information for independent garages.”

Read the CARB Advanced Clean Cars II regulations here.

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