The Obama administration’s 2025 fuel economy standards hang in the balance as U.S. regulators host prominent auto industry executives leading up to a final decision that could come as soon as April. The latest to meet with regulators? General Motors CEO Mary Barra.
Barra met with members of the Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency, GM confirmed with Reuters in a report on Tuesday.
According to GM, Barra specifically discussed the idea of “modernizing fuel economy standards,” and called for a national set of requirements. Right now, a dozen states follow California standards set by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The rules differ from national regulations. Automakers, states and the federal government hope to avoid a states’ rights legal issue with any proposed changes, but CARB already set the tone in its own statement.
“Absent any such evidence, we will certainly resist any changes,” CARB chair Mary Nichols said.
The Obama administration announced the 2025 standards in 2011, which calls for an average fleet-wide fuel efficiency of about 50 miles per gallon. Barra and other auto executives asked regulators to consider changes in the industry such as “new technology developments like increased shared and autonomous electric vehicles.”
Many analysts believe the Trump administration will announce the current standards are not appropriate as soon as April, but new fuel economy regulations may not come until the summer.