California air quality watchdogs may not force automobile manufacturers to sell electric cars from 2003, the New York Times (NYT) reported on Friday (8/12/00). The NYT said that the California Air Resources Board has conceded that battery-powered cars are not yet practical and recommended on Friday de-emphasising fully electric vehicles and instead giving more encouragement to other types of ‘clean’ cars, such as hybrid vehicles that combine petrol and electric power.