General Motors CEO Mary Barra has called for a single national fuel economy standard as the Trump Administration mulls changes to current Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards.
“General Motors supports establishing one national set of fuel efficiency requirements, with flexibilities that take into consideration recent industry developments such as vehicle sharing and self-driving electric vehicles,” Barra said.
Barra published her comments to LinkedIn and added a national average would “allow us to focus our resources on innovations that benefit our customers and society as we pursue our vision of a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion, instead of diffusing resources to meet different rules within the United States.”
In her comments, she also said GM has an “absolute and unwavering” commitment to improving its vehicles’ fuel economy and reducing emissions. She also reiterated GM’s plan for an electric future and touched on the topic of climate change.
Her comments come ahead of a roundtable discussion with President Donald Trump and a host of other major automakers. Right now, Obama-era regulations have CAFE numbers climbing through 2025 to 50 mpg.
A single national average won’t be an easy thing to accomplish, though. California has long had the ability to set its own standards via the California Air Resources Board. Numerous other states follow California regulations as well. The state, along with 16 others, have already sued the Trump administration.