GM, in partnership with several other automakers, is backing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a legal battle between the regulatory body and a handful of U.S. states and ethanol proponents over stricter emissions standards.
According to a recent report from Reuters, The Alliance for Automotive Innovation, which represents nearly all major automakers, is backing new, more stringent EPA emissions rules in the face of legal challenges presented by 16 U.S. states. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a challenge to the new rules alongside backing from Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Utah. Meanwhile, Arizona filed a separate challenge to the new EPA rules.
Joining the states is the American Fuel And Petrochemical Manufacturers group and a handful of corn and soybean growers associations. According to these groups, the new rules “effectively mandate the production and sale of electric cars rather than cars powered by internal combustion engines.”
The new EPA rules reverse a Trump-era rollback on automotive tailpipe emissions and require a 28.3 percent reduction in vehicle emissions through the 2026 calendar year. The goal of the new rules is to hasten the adoption of electric vehicles in the U.S. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is expected to release finalized Corporate Average Fuel Economy revisions on Friday, recently confirming substantial increases in fines for automakers that do not meet the standards.
According to The Alliance for Automotive Innovation, which represents a collection of automakers that includes GM, Volkswagen, Toyota, Hyundai, and Stellantis, among others, the new EPA rules “will challenge the industry” but provide “critically important flexibilities” to meet the stated goals. Additionally, the automaker group added that it would like to secure “critical regulatory provisions” that support electric vehicle technology.