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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    ComputerAddict (profile), 31 Aug 2010 @ 11:57am

    Just because it doesn't emit anything doesn't mean it doesn't need a certificate of CONFORMITY, its not like they are being taxed FOR having emissions, just that they did not go through the proper steps to prove they don't. Food companies do this everyday with the FDA... Prove something has zero calories, or 0g of sugars... There are plenty of regulations that require proof that something doesn't exist.

    People discovered the Number Zero by the 9th century AD, get with the times.

    In Tesla's Case, I disagree with the whole "Zero Emissions" notion, its only a marketing buzz word. Sure the car doesn't produce anything directly, but charging it does, if you drive your car 100 miles the oil / coal power plants still worked a little bit harder for you to do that... (The exception here being hydro, solar, wind, and other renewable energies, but they count for 10%ish that means 90% of drivers are still creating carbon.)

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