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Delay Likely In Hybrid Vehicle Mandate

California could delay until 2005 requirements for new zero emission vehicles like fuel cell and hybrid vehicles that were supposed to be adopted this year.

The California Air Resources Board is considering rewording the state´s proposed mandates to comply with two court rulings.

But the board´s staff says the regulations keep pushing manufacturers to develop a new generation of low pollution vehicles while reducing the industry´s cost.

Critics say the proposed regulations would let major manufacturers avoid putting any additional zero emission vehicles on the road at least through 2009.