General Motors CEO Mary Barra says the company supports the emissions reductions put forth in a 2019 agreement between major automakers and the state of California, however the automaker is still looking for additional eco-friendly government support through federally-backed electric vehicle mandates.
A handful of major automakers, including Ford, BMW, Honda and Volkswagen, reached a deal with California Air Resources Board in 2019 that mandates a fleetwide average fuel economy of 50 miles per gallon by 2026. The deal stood in opposition to the Trump Administration’s looser federal fuel economy regulations and came as the White House attempted to block California’s ability to set its own separate emissions standards. GM previously backed the Trump Admin’s efforts to bar California from settings its own emissions standards, saying it supported a one size fits all approach with regard to fuel economy regulations, but later backtracked on the stance in November of last year.
In a letter sent out on Tuesday, GM CEO Mary Barra said the automaker supports the rules contained in the 2019 agreement between the automakers and CARB, but wants to see additional wording referencing electric vehicle adoption.
“We believe an electric vehicle compliance pathway is a key component to setting the industry on an irreversible path towards a zero-emissions future, which can only be achieved with a tailpipe-free light duty fleet,” Barra said in the letter.
Michael Regan, a spokesperson for the Environmental Protection Agency, told Reuters his organization“spoke this week with leaders from auto manufacturers to discuss EPA’s priorities to reduce climate pollution from the transportation sector.”
“These conversations have been constructive as the agency moves forward on actions to address emissions from cars and light duty trucks,” Regan said.
Earlier this year, the UAW, GM and other major automakers called on the Biden Administration to put forth a “comprehensive plan,” to boost EV sales, saying the current level of demand for EVs is not enough to bring forth its vision of an emissions-free future. In a
“Neither the current trajectory of consumer adoption of EVs, nor existing levels of federal support for supply- and demand-side policies, is sufficient to meet our goal of a net-zero carbon transportation future,” an auto industry trade group said in a letter sent to the Biden Administration.