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Monday, March 8, 2021

Autos, California agree on clean car rules

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Autos, California agree on clean car rules
Autos, California agree on clean car rules

Ford, BMW, Volkswagen and Honda announced they have reached a voluntary agreement with the state of California to adopt stricter vehicle emissions rules that will be used as a nationwide standard.

Conway G.

Gittens reports.

In a blow to the Trump administration- four major global automakers voluntarily agreed Thursday to adopt California's emissions standards.

Ford, BMW, Volkswagen and Honda said they would not only adopt California's stricter auto pollution rules but also use them as a national standard.

The deal comes as The Trump administration wants to weaken the rules for national fuel efficiency, as it tries to unwind Obama-era regulations intended to battle climate change.

This agreement, which basically raises average fuel efficiency to more than 50 miles per gallon by 2065, is not as aggressive as the Obama-era rules, but not as lax as what the Trump administration wants.

Claiming federal law should preempt California law, last year the Trump administration threatened to revoke California's legal right to impose state emissions standards - leaving automakers stuck between two warring factions.

In siding with California, the four automakers said in a statement "Ensuring that America's vehicles are efficient, safe and affordable is a priority for us all." But the head of the California Air Resources Board put it this way - the carmakers don't want to be on the wrong side of public opinion for partnering with the Trump Administration in a big rollback on clean cars.

A dozen U.S. states have adopted California's rules, which in total covered more than a third of all U.S. sales.

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