“California may ban black cars”

Michael Arrington, TechCrunch: “The California legislature is considering regulating the color of cars and reflectivity of paint to reduce the energy requirements to cool them. …dark colors just don’t reflect well, so they are likely out.” (via Coyote Blog).

P.S. Ian Douglas of the Telegraph (h/t Walker in comments) says reaction to the rules has been exaggerated and that so long as a “cool paint” with infrared reflectivity is used, California drivers can have any color they want, even if it’s black. And yet more from Janet Neilson, Western Standard.


  • Hey, how’s it going?

    Apparently, this story has been disproven: http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/ian_douglas/blog/2009/03/27/black_car_ban_hysteria_misses_the_point

    There is no ban on black cars. Although in all fairness, it sounds like something that California would try.


  • Although, had there been such an asinine law passed–and it IS California, remember!–that would’ve meant many if not all of the police cars would now be an illegal color; come to think of it, so would almost all limousines, including the ones for the President of the United States.
    Hmmmmmmm. . . . . !!

  • Henry Ford said: “I don’t care what color you paint them as long as it’s black!”

  • Thanks for the links, Walker and Walter.