WHAT PZEV STAND FOR

Asked by Jan 15, 2008 at 03:00 PM about the 2008 Volkswagen Jetta SEL PZEV

Question type: General

4 Answers

43,485

It indicates an emissions level that means that these vehicles produce less tailpipe emissions than some hybrid vehicles. Like ULEV (ultra low emission vehicle).

145

Practicly Zero Emission Vehicle

0 of 1 people found this helpful.
405

PZEV stands for partial zero-emission vehicle.

Bob is right. Although, for the mathematicians among us, how could you ever have part of a zero? PZEV is a BS acronym that the state of California dreamed up to permit auto manufacturers to sell their cars in California in spite of them not complying with the states emissions standards. Subaru went one farther when they dreamed up a scheme when they built their zero-waste factory (true) in the US that lets them technically meet emissions standards using fuzzy math and voodoo. They plant trees for each car sold to balance out the emissions their cars produce, thus technically offsetting their cars pollution with a tree that absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen. It's like emissions trading between companies, but Subaru does it with a shovel and a sapling. "Partial Zero"? It is either zero tailpipe emissions, like a Nissan Leaf or a BMW i3 or I8, or tailpipe emissions only when the engine is running, like hybrids. If the only source of power is a gasoline- powered internal combustion engine, then it could only rightfully be called a super ultra-low-emissions vehicle (if, in fact it were true) but never actually partly-zero-because-we-plant-trees-and-our-gas- tanks-are-sealed. What a great idea Subaru's Madison Avenue guys had. A gullible, emissions- conscious consumer would actually believe that his Subaru emitted less pollution than, say the Mazda SyyActive engine (not true). Here's California's definition: "A partial zero emissions vehicle, in the United States, is an automobile that has zero evaporative emissions from its fuel system, has a 15-year (or at least 150,000-mile) warranty on its emission-control components, and meets SULEV tailpipe-emission standards." What this actually says is that the gas tank's vapors never are released into the atmosphere, that it has super ultra-low tailpipe emissions (a category that already exists), and that if the car actually lasts for 150,000 miles, the factory will repair or replace any emissions components that fail. This one is a throwaway. Maybe ten cars out of 100,000 will actually wind up back at a car dealership for emissions repairs after the basic warranty runs out. That's front-pocket money for an automobile manufacturer. In point of fact, the only difference between a SULEV vehicle and a PZEV vehicle is the BS 150k mile emissions warranty. I could actually pay out of the change dish on my dresser for every car that had 150,000 mikes on it and went to the dealer to get the emissions system repaired. Actuaries having lunch with advertising agency reps dreamed up this one. It is as Voodoo economics at its best.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Jetta

Looking for a Used Jetta in your area?

CarGurus has 42,530 nationwide Jetta listings starting at $1,000.

ZIP:

Search Volkswagen Jetta Questions

Volkswagen Jetta Experts

#1 Goodwrench707
Goodwrench707
Reputation 2,280
#2 Deathjam4
Deathjam4
Reputation 1,750
#3 Scott Sr.
Scott Sr.
Reputation 1,410
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Volkswagen Passat
258 Great Deals out of 24,984 listings starting at $999
Used Honda Civic
811 Great Deals out of 88,080 listings starting at $1,299
Used Volkswagen GTI
98 Great Deals out of 7,253 listings starting at $2,400
Used Honda Accord
941 Great Deals out of 77,703 listings starting at $899
Used Volkswagen Golf
55 Great Deals out of 3,633 listings starting at $1,600
Used Toyota Corolla
855 Great Deals out of 70,725 listings starting at $1,874
Used Toyota Camry
1,098 Great Deals out of 90,895 listings starting at $1,599
Used BMW 3 Series
939 Great Deals out of 30,253 listings starting at $1,000
Used Audi A4
292 Great Deals out of 10,503 listings starting at $1,200
Used Nissan Altima
1,153 Great Deals out of 79,636 listings starting at $500
Used Mazda MAZDA3
283 Great Deals out of 32,553 listings starting at $1,300
Used Volkswagen Beetle
186 Great Deals out of 9,453 listings starting at $1,300
Used Volkswagen CC
94 Great Deals out of 3,072 listings starting at $3,450
Used Ford Focus
626 Great Deals out of 57,236 listings starting at $795

Used Cars For Sale

2015 Volkswagen Jetta SEL PZEV For Sale
20 listings starting at $14,694
2014 Volkswagen Jetta SEL PZEV For Sale
5 Great Deals out of 105 listings starting at $11,617
2013 Volkswagen Jetta SEL PZEV For Sale
25 listings starting at $7,999

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.