As part of the deal, BMW, Ford, Honda, Volkswagen and Volvo agreed to annual fuel economy improvements that were more closely related to those under the Obama administration than those with less rigid ones Was done.
The deal is a blow to the Trump administration, which has relied on exempt California to set strict auto emission standards that were changed by more than a dozen other states.
“Instead of promoting our country towards clean cars of the future, the Trump administration’s failure to lead the issue has left American workers and automakers behind. While the administration created a void of leadership, vision and direction, the state of California and automakers came together in these voluntary agreements that provide a pathway to support clean cars of the future, “ranking the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee Member Tom carrierThomas (Tom) Richard CarperCalifornia finalizes fuel efficiency deal with five automakers, Trump Overnight Energy: Trump Administration finalizes plans to open Alaska wildlife refuge for drilling. California finalizes fuel efficiency agreement with five automakers, Trump | Democrats use weak GOP senators to win rare victories over the environment. Trump says he will sign USPS funding if Democrats make concessions. (D-Del.) Said in a release, encouraging other automakers to follow suit.
The Trump administration announced in March that by 2025, drivers would have to produce an average fleet of 40 mpg by 2026 instead of the previous requirement under the Obama administration.
New agreements finalized by the California Air Resource Board (CARB) allow vehicle drivers to produce an average fleet of 51 mpg by 2026.
Nevertheless, some environmental groups were hopeful that California would complete a more ambitious course.
“While the deal is a positive interim step, we need to take action to stop the carbon cliff,” said Catherine Hoff, an attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity in a statement.
“In order for California to meet its climate goals and become a model of the world’s need, CARB should rapidly take the lead in creating 100 percent zero emission vehicle sales standards by 2030,” he said.
Shortly after the Trump administration revoked the state’s apology, news of California’s effort for a more environmentally friendly agreement with automakers first broke in July last year.
California’s nearly 40 million residents dominate the market extensively, with some states not shy away from using it to promote their interests, including efforts to fight climate change.
The Obama administration estimated that its fuel efficiency standards would have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 6 billion metric tons during the program.
The Trump administration’s emissions standards come down, which automakers have said are possible to achieve. Its regulations require a 1.5 percent year-on-year improvement, while automakers have said they can improve fuel economy by 2 percent each year.
Automakers who have not signed an agreement with California have indicated interest in fighting Trump standards, filing a motion to intervene Sued from a conservative group Argued that the rules were too rigid.