The California Air Resources Board is considering the simplification of rules for certifying engines in kit cars.
Currently, the California Air Resources Board only grants 500 certificates per year for Specially Constructed Vehicles, but the CARB is considering allowing additional exemptions for cars with engines that already meet current new-car smog regulations. Here are the contents of the memo we received from the CARB office today, along with information about the scheduled hearing: New proposed engine optionThe California Air Resources Board is proposing to create an optional process for certifying new engines intended for use in Specially Constructed Vehicles, including kit cars. Board staff is also proposing to create a system of checks for shops that aid hobbyists and reduce uncertainty when installing these certified engine packages in Specially Constructed Vehicles.The proposed certification process would provide a path for engine manufacturers to certify new engines with modern emission control systems and warrantys, and would provide hobbyists a way to identify and choose certified low-emitting engine packages. Benefit to Special Construction Vehicle buildersCar builders choosing to use these clean certified engines would not be subject to the 500 vehicles per year limit associated with Senate Bill 100 (SB 100). This law, established in 2000, allows up to 500 specially constructed vehicles to be newly registered each year, using any engine, regardless of emissions control status. No additional new requirements for buildersThe proposed certification process would not impose any new mandated requirements on engine manufacturers or hobbyists, and it would not limit hobbyists’ ability to register kit cars via the SB 100 process. When is this proposal being considered?The Air Resources Board will consider staff’s proposal at a public meeting on November 17, 2011 in Sacramento, CaliforniaTo keep track of this important development, check with the SEMA Action Network by clicking here.