Super ultra-low emission vehicle

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Super ultra-low emissions vehicle (SULEV) is a U.S. classification for passenger vehicle emissions. The classification is based on producing 90% fewer emissions than the average gasoline powered vehicle.[1] The SULEV standard is stricter than the standard for LEV (Low Emission Vehicle) and ULEV (Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle), however not as strict as PZEV (Partial Zero Emission Vehicle) which meets the SULEV standard for tailpipe emissions, but has zero instead of reduced evaporative emissions.[2]


Honda Insight

Examples of vehicles delivering SULEV emissions performance include:

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In California, manufacturers of SULEVs can be given a partial credit for producing a Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) and so a vehicle of this type can be administratively designated as a Partial Zero-Emission Vehicle (PZEV). In order to qualify as a PZEV, a vehicle must meet the SULEV standard and, in addition, have zero evaporative emissions from its fuel system plus a 15-year/150,000 mi (241,402 km) warranty on its emission-control components.

In the case of hybrid vehicles this warranty is extended to the electric propulsion components (electric motor/generator/starter, battery, inverter, controls) and their mechanical interface to the driveline - potentially a distinct advantage to the owner of such vehicle.

See California AB 1493 [1].


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