The four major automakers announced today that they have reached an agreement with California to produce more fuel-efficient cars for the US market, bypassing the Trump administration, which is trying to freeze mileage standards.
According to a secretly negotiated agreement between California and Ford, Honda, Volkswagen and BMW, California has provided a 50-state solution that avoids touching different regulations across the country.
California Governor Gavin Newsom said in a statement: “California, several states and these automakers take the lead in using smart policies that allow us all to enjoy cleaner and safer air.”
He also said: “I now appeal to other car dealers in the auto industry to join us. The Trump administration should also adopt this pragmatic approach instead of changing the rules to allow the policy to be reversed.”
“This is the right thing for our economy, our people and our planet.”
Former US President Obama has strict regulations on light vehicle mileage and greenhouse gas emissions, but the current President Trump administration proposed a new rule last year to revoke the regulations promulgated in the Obama era.
But California, the wealthiest state in the United States, has considerable influence in the automotive industry, announcing its intention to make its own regulations.
The four major automakers said in a statement: “These provisions will provide regulatory stability, maintain customer affordability, reduce compliance costs and increase environmental benefits.”
The agreement is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3.7% annually from 2022 to 2026.
According to the Newson office, in this framework, the fuel consumption of the new car in 2026 will now run 37 miles per gallon, reaching a level of 50 miles per gallon, only one year later than the goal set by the Obama administration.