Back in April, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a series of new emissions standards for internal-combustion vehicles set for production between the 2027 and 2032 model years. The standards, which apply to both light- and medium-duty vehicles, are some of the strictest yet, and are intended to accelerate the adoption of all-electric vehicles. Now, a Washington D.C.-based lobby group has released several proposed rule changes for the EPA emissions figures.
The proposed rule changes were published by the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, the membership of which includes OEMs, suppliers, automotive tech companies, startups, and other auto-related associations. GM is counted among the membership.
The proposed EPA standards changes were released in a memo from Alliance for Automotive Innovation CEO and President John Bozzella. In the memo, Bozzella outlines five key changes and additions to the original EPA standards, the first of which is the inclusion of hybrid and fuel cell EVs as part of the EPA’s stipulation that 37 percent of new light-duty cars and trucks be battery-powered by 2027. The memo also suggests that more-stringent emissions guidelines will stifle electric vehicle innovation, as it will require further ICE technology investment in order to meet the stricter guidelines, thus potentially siphoning funds away from EV technology development.
The memo goes on to outline how government oversight can be streamlined in order reduce costs on consumers, workers, and manufacturers.
“A vehicle tailpipe is regulated by three federal agencies and four sets of regulations,” Bozzella writes in the memo. “One vehicle overseen by competing, overlapping (sometimes conflicting) rules that aren’t coordinated. It’s expensive and complex and frankly why the country and automakers need a single national standard to reduce carbon in transportation through a streamlined regulatory structure.”
The memo also mentions the need for syncing national standards with state standards, singling out the California Air Resources Board (CARB), which sets its own set of regulations.
Finally, the memo states that the EPA should develop a roadmap and “methodically track” data related to the policies and conditions “outside the vehicle” required for a successful EV transition, namely residential and public charging, critical mineral availability, and grid capacity.