President Trump most recently announced the EPA would reopen a review into the Obama-era CAFE standards, leaving some corporations and environmentalists painted different shades of red. However, California has gone and rebuked the review entirely by approving the 2022-2025 regulations for the state.
Reuters reports the California Air Resources Board unanimously approved stricter pollution and fuel economy regulations and also set a mandate for zero-emission vehicles sold over the 2022-2025 time period. Nearly a dozen states follow California’s lead regarding vehicle regulations, which could create conflict between state rights and the federal government.
A White House official, who said the administration was preparing for a “Yes” vote from California, stated the Trump administration was focused on providing affordable vehicle and protecting jobs.
“We are disappointed that California has chosen to refuse our good-faith offer to work together with all relevant stakeholders on this important matter,” the person said.
The regulations approved in California will mandate a 38.3 MPG average in 2021, but top out at 46.3 in 2025. Previously, the U.S. government estimated the fuel economy regulations will create a $1,000 price increase on new vehicles, which is thought to be outweighed by the potential savings at the fuel pump.