Last week, the Trump administration proposed a rollback of Obama-era fuel economy and emission targets. The proposal would cap fuel economy targets around 35 mpg in 2020 and freeze them, while the regulations in place have fuel economy climbing to around 50 mpg in 2026.
The government hasn’t officially scrapped the regulations, but General Motors called for clarity and commonality in the process. GM President Dan Ammann said the sooner the automaker understands the regulations, the better off it will be, Automotive News reported on Friday.
“We’d like to get clarity as soon as we can, and we’d like to get commonality as soon as we can,” he said at the Billington Cybersecurity Summit in Detroit.
He also said GM will be heavily engaged with the Trump administration during discussions over fuel economy regulations.
GM appears more concerned with phasing out California’s right to set its own stricter fuel economy and emissions targets. The automaker has neither supported or backed away from the fuel economy freeze, though auto industry groups largely praised the proposal.
The proposed rollback does away with California’s federal waiver, which lets the California Air Resources Board sets more stringent standards. The regulations also call for a certain number of electric cars to be sold in the state, which leads to “compliance cars.”
“We’d really like to get it to one harmonized set of national standards,” Ammann said. GM has also gone on the record to say any reductions in federal fuel economy standards won’t affect its current plans to improve fuel economy and transition to an all-electric lineup in the long term.