Media outlets are reporting that President Donald Trump is slated to announce a review of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) vehicle fuel economy rules. The President will apparently make the announcement in Detroit with most major automaker CEOs in attendance.
The White House thus far has not confirmed plans to review the standards, but they have confirmed that the President has plans to visit Michigan. His trip is expected this Wednesday to Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Automakers have been pushing the new Administration to review the fuel economy standards, which were originally announced by the Obama Administration in 2011. The 2011 rules were slated to be under review until April 2018, but the outgoing Administration accelerated the review and locked in the new rules in January just prior to Obama’s exit.
The rules call for an eventual fleet-wide average fuel economy of 54.5 mpg by 2025. The EPA has since lowered that projection to 50.8-52.6 mpg due to American’s increased interest in light duty trucks. American’s are on tap to save $1.7 trillion in fuel costs due to the plan, according to the agency.
Automakers and trade groups have been calling for a review of the rules, citing they are too strict and will force consumers to pay more for vehicles. GM, Volkswagen, Toyota and others have all urged the EPA to review the rules.
Environmental groups have expressed great concern for the possible rollback of the new fuel economy rules. Many groups have vowed to sue the Trump Administration if they rollback the rules.