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RVIA Urges Members to Fight California’s Proposed RV Generator Ban

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The RV Industry Association (RVIA) on Monday published a call-to-action announcement on its website’s News & Insights section. The statement was in connection with the proposed ban on RV generators by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

“Anyone and everyone concerned about the implications of the ban taking effect needs to participate in the hearing and tell the Board what they think about the proposed ban. When gas and LP-powered engines are banned in 2028, traditional gas/LP RV generators will no longer be available for purchase in California. Customers would need to go outside the state to buy an RV equipped with a generator,” the announcement read.

This will result in a significant loss of RV sales in California, it continued, adding that “zero-emission solutions are deemed at this time to be neither technologically feasible nor cost-effective”.

CARB, the regulator responsible for handling emissions from smaller off-road engines, is banning spark-ignition engines with less than 25HP as part of their efforts to combat climate change. CARB believes that the ban will force companies to create zero-emission solutions (such as fuel cells or batteries).

The ban would begin with the 2028 certification model. 

“It’s a 100% ban with no gradual phase-out,” as per RVIA’s post.

Tomorrow’s (Thursday) hearing will begin at 9 a.m. PST/12 p.m. EST. To view the agenda for the board hearing and pre-register to testify, click here.

The time limit for testimony will be between two and three minutes per person, which, according to RVIA, means that no one “will have a sufficient opportunity to fully explain all the reasons why this ban is bad.”

The association then urged members of the community to testify, believing that as more people testify in the hearing, the better chances are for the board to recommend CARB staff to amend the rule proposed.

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