The Coalition for Sustainable Automotive Regulation, a lobbying group that represents numerous major automakers, has withdrawn its emissions regulations lawsuit involving the federal government and the state of California.
The coalition became involved in a legal battle with the Trump Administration and the state of California after Trump revoked a waiver that allowed California to set its own fuel economy/emissions regulations. California and 22 other states challenged the Trump Administration’s decision, with the Coalition for Sustainable Automotive Regulation also joining the fight in an effort to enact one single fuel economy standard nationwide.
In a statement released this week, the coalition said it was on board with the fuel economy goals that the Biden Administration has outlined so far and that it plans to work with the current admin to enact sustainable, business-friendly fuel economy and emissions regulations in the United States in the immediate future.
“We are aligned with the Biden Administration’s goals to achieve year-over-year improvements in fuel economy standards that provide meaningful climate and national energy security benefits, reduce GHG emissions and promote advanced technologies,” the coalition said. “In a gesture of good faith and to find a constructive path forward, the CSAR has decided to withdraw from this lawsuit in order to unify the auto industry behind a single national program, with ambitious, achievable standards.”
The Coalition for Sustainable Automotive Regulation includes several major automakers, such as Hyundai, Toyota, Stellantis, Mazda and Subaru. General Motors had previously expressed support for the Trump Administration’s decision to revoke California’s ability to set its own fuel economy standards, but it reversed course in November. In a statement, GM CEO Mary Barra said the company was “immediately withdrawing from the pre-emption litigation and inviting other automakers to join us.”
The Trump Administration loosened fuel economy regulations, enacting new rules that require automaker’s to meet 1.5 percent annual increases in vehicle fuel efficiency through to 2026. The Obama Administration policies that Trump overruled would have required automakers to meet 5 percent annual fuel economy increases.
By comparison, the new Californian fuel economy standards will require automakers to meet 3.7 percent annual fleetwide fuel economy increases.