Last month, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) passed stringent new standards intended to boost the production and sale of electric and hybrid vehicles here and nationwide, reports the Christian Science Monitor. The new rules mandate that 15 percent of new cars sold in the state by 2025 run with zero or near-zero emissions. The result would be some 1.4 million electric, plug-in hybrid, and hydrogen cars on California roads within 13 years. Today, there are 10,000 such vehicles in the state. Perhaps surprisingly, automakers appear to be on board.