Tesla Motors Pays Fine For Lacking Emissions Certificate Of Conformity... Even Though It Lacks Emissions

from the funny-how-that-works dept

A few of you sent over this bizarre story of how famed electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors apparently need to pay a $275,000 fine for lacking a "Certificate of Conformity" from the EPA, needed to comply with the Clean air Act. As is noted in the article, it doesn't seem like Tesla should have to get such documentation in the first place, seeing as it doesn't even have a tailpipe, but such is the nature of regulations being a bit behind the technology times.
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Filed Under: emissions, fines, regulations
Companies: tesla

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    Dark Helmet (profile), 31 Aug 2010 @ 12:31pm

    Re: Re: Read the Article

    "Why is it another thing? Because the government comes to depend on the extra money coming every year?"

    Let's not confuse the fine with what it costs to get certified. They're being fined because they didn't comply. It's especially bad because they obviously knew they had to comply already, having been certified the year before. That fine is likely going to have a great deal of punitiveness included in it. It doesn't mean that's what it costs to get regularly certified (though, admittedly, I don't know what that cost is).

    The question is: should they have to get certified if they don't have a tailpipe? I'd probably say yes. The powers that be have placed trust in the EPA to certify that vehicles are safe for the air. To do that, they must test the vehicles and then certify them. If they don't do the test, how does the EPA have any oversight? What if there was another part of the vehicle that was bad for the air? Maybe it had no tailpipe, but the electric motor spit out noxious fumes as a byproduct?

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