General Motors has expressed support for emissions reduction goals proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last month.
Per a recent report from Reuters, General Motors has issued a written statement regarding the proposed rules changes, saying that the EPA’s new emissions reduction goals are “historically stringent.” The company also added that the Biden administration should ensure that automakers in compliance with EPA rules should not be subject to civil penalties under a parallel fuel economy program put forth by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as a result of “the geographic location” of automakers’ supply chain.
In August, the EPA unveiled new fuel economy and vehicle emission standards for passenger cars and light trucks, proposing that fleet-wide fuel mileage figures be raised to an average of 52 mpg by 2026. The proposed rule changes are a substantial increase from the current target of 40 mpg, representing a 10 percent increase in fleet-wide fuel economy by 2023, and a further 5 percent increase each year after to the 2026 calendar year.
The new proposed fuel economy standards will undo a previous rewrite of fuel economy standards enacted under the Trump administration, during which fleet-wide average fuel economy were reset to 43.3 mpg by 2026.
As GM Authority covered previously, a consortium of 21 state attorney generals have written a letter to the EPA urging that stricter fuel economy and emissions laws be put in place to help curb the effects of anthropogenic climate change. The letter also criticizes the lack of EV mandates in the EPA’s new proposal, indicating that the emissions reductions would only result in roughly 8 percent EV market share by 2030. By contrast, President Biden has proposed a goal of 50 percent EV market share by 2030. The letter was led by California, with participating state including New York and Colorado, as well as several major U.S. cities, such as San Francisco, Denver, and NYC.