GM and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) just announced the latest joint recommended principles regarding EPA emissions standards for the 2027 model year and beyond. The new recommendations cover several different aspects of vehicle technology and regulation, including emissions reduction figures, timelines, and social impact.
“General Motors has the ultimate goal of eliminating tailpipe emissions from new light duty vehicles by 2035,” said GM Chair and CEO, Mary Barra. “As new standards are being developed, we are pleased to join the Environmental Defense Fund to provide recommendations that support accelerated adoption of electric vehicles to put us on the path toward that goal.”
The recommendations include emission reduction standards that lock in zero-emission vehicles as comprising at least 50 percent of new vehicles sold by 2030, also encompassing class 2b and class 3 vehicles. The recommendations detail that light-duty vehicle standards should move towards a fleet-wide reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 60 percent by the 2030 model year, as compared to the 2021 model year.
GM and EDF also urge the EPA to propose standards this year with finalization in 2023 in order to “provide a stable investment signal and regulatory certainty for manufacturers.” The standards should also be multi-pollutant in nature, including nitrogen oxides and particles, incorporating a voluntary innovation opt-in compliance path for rapid deployment of zero-emissions technologies.
On the issue of equity, GM and EDF recommend that EPA standards are designed to ensure that the benefits of pollution reduction support underserved and socially vulnerable communities that are disproportionately affected by climate change. GM and EDF are also committing to collaboration on manufacturing, consumer, infrastructure, equity, and worker training investments, with complementary public and equitable investments. Further coordination under President Biden’s Executive Order on Strengthening American Leadership in Clean Cars and Trucks between the EPA and DOT is recommended to accelerate new vehicle manufacturing and innovation, strengthening the domestic supply chain, and create new jobs.
As covered in the past, GM previously committed to launch 30 new EV models globally by 2025, with billions of dollars poured into new EV research and production efforts.