Last August, the Trump administration said it was preparing to overturn Obama administration-era regulations for emissions and fuel economy, but now, it appears the effort has stalled somewhat.
According to a report from The Detroit News on Tuesday, the new regulations won’t be released until after Labor Day at the earliest. The original plan was to have things finalized in June, a source speaking on the condition of anonymity told the newspaper. The source is a former EPA official who added the economic and scientific analysis for the new regulations has taken longer than expected.
While officials still hash things out, the regulations will be sent to the White House in the coming weeks.
The EPA proposed freezing fuel economy targets at 2020 levels or 37 mpg. That’s 10 mpg off from current regulations, which called for fuel efficiency to rise throughout next decade to 47 mpg. Automakers lobbied for more relaxed standards, but groups representing major automakers have said the Trump administration plan goes too far. General Motors has said it’s still committed to an all-electric future despite what federal regulations occur. Still, some prominent GM shareholders have urged GM to go further and push back on the proposed changes.
GM has also called for one national fuel economy standard, rather than technically operating under two. Right now, California possesses a waiver to set its own standards that more than a dozen other states follow. The Trump administration has also proposed doing away with California’s right to the waiver. Should the final regulations include a revoked California waiver, it may set the stage for massive states’ rights court battles—a scenario automakers want to avoid in fear of uncertainty while planning future products.
Talks between the federal government and California government officials broke down earlier this year.
Source: The Detroit News