Major automakers have urged the Trump administration to carefully consider California and its regulations when it comes time to issue new fuel economy standards. They also delivered a message to the White House in a new letter: climate change is real.
Automotive News reported on Monday that the latest message came in a May 3 letter to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget from the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. The alliance covers 11 major automakers, including General Motors.
“Automakers remain committed to increasing fuel efficiency requirements, which yield everyday fuel savings for consumers while also reducing emissions — because climate change is real and we have a continuing role in reducing greenhouse gases and improving fuel efficiency,” David Schwietert, executive vice president of federal government relations at the Alliance, said in the letter.
The automakers made their case to align fuel economy measures with California and compromise to create a single set of standards. Right now, California has the right to set its own fuel economy and emission standards through the Air Resources Board and 12 other states follow the regulations.
Right now, fuel economy standards are scheduled to increase through 2026, but the Trump administration may propose freezing the standard at 37 mpg in 2020 across an automaker’s portfolio. After 2026, the standard would eventually rise to 50 mpg.