Automakers will gain an additional year to make their case with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding fuel economy standards. The year-long hiatus will give the Trump Administration and incoming EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt time to evaluation the rules that were finalized in President Obama’s final week in office.
A senior White House official told Automotive News that automakers were right to cry foul over the new emissions standards due to a lack of collaboration from the EPA during their development. The new rules essentially call for a 50 mpg fleet-wide average by 2025.
President Trump will tell autoworkers and executives today that his Administration plans to review the new rules at an event in Lansing, Michigan.
The vast majority of major automakers have been opposed to the new rules. In February eighteen auto executives sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to implement a review of the EPA’s fuel economy rules. Apparently the President is heeding their calls with today’s announcement.
The original goal of the fuel economy rules adopted in 2011 was to provide one set of rules for the entire country, primarily unifying California Air Resources Board (CARB) rules with EPA rules on emissions.
California officially have stated they are willing to entertain changes to the rules, but only to a certain point. It isn’t clear how far CARB is willing to go with rolling back the standards for 2020 and beyond.