Seventeen major automakers including General Motors, Ford, and Toyota have signed a joint letter urging President Trump to scrap plans to roll back fuel efficiency standards set during the Obama administration.
The companies warned that a rule cutting back on fuel efficiency standards imposed by former President Barack Obama would essentially split the nation’s auto market in half, as companies would be forced to deal with competing efficiency standards imposed by the federal government and some states that have imposed their own standards, The New York Times reported.
The Hill reports:
California and more than a dozen other states have adopted their own fuel efficiency standards and are likely to sue the Trump administration to block the rule if it is announced, according to the Times.
The Trump administration is reportedly planning to unveil the rule rolling back efficiency standards in the coming weeks, freezing mileage standards for cars around 37 miles per gallon and scrapping plans to raise those targets to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. The letter reportedly urged the Trump administration to resume negotiations with California over the standards, as did a similar letter sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), according to the Times.
“We strongly believe the best path to preserve good auto jobs and keep new vehicles affordable for more Americans is a final rule supported by all parties — including California,” the letter reportedly read.
A spokeswoman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers told the newspaper that the auto industry hopes that discussions ahead of the rule’s official announcement will allow for a compromise that avoids a divide between states and the federal government.
“Our thinking is, the rule is still being finalized, there is still time to develop a final rule that is good for consumers, policymakers and automakers,” said Gloria Bergquist, the group’s vice president.