Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co. on Friday pulled out a group of automakers in association with General Motors Co., which had backed US President Donald Trump to stop California from enforcing its own vehicle emissions regulations.
GM reversed course in an ongoing court battle last week and left the incumbent Republican president, receiving praise from Democratic presidential-elect Joe Biden, who assumed office on January 20.
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Nissan said in a statement, “We believe the productive interaction between the auto industry, the Biden administration and California can provide a common sense of national standards that increases efficiency and meets the needs of all American drivers.”
GM in October 2019 supported Nissan, Toyota Motor Corp, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and other automakers in support of California’s Bar Trump’s efforts to set its own fuel-efficiency regulations, or zero-emission requirements, for vehicles. Was included.
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Others supporting Trump include Mazda Motor Corp, Hyundai Motor, Kia Motors Corp Mitsubishi Motors Corp, Subaru Corp and the National Automobile Dealers Association.
The industry was still divided on how to proceed after holding a meeting on Tuesday.
Biden has promoted electric vehicles and has promised to spend billions of dollars to add 550,000 charging stations for such vehicles. He also supports new tax credits for the purchase of electric vehicles and retrofitting factories for his production.
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Ford has urged other automakers to scale back the California structure to move forward.
(Reporting by David Shepperson; Editing by Leslie Adler and Will Dunham)