California board takes up issues with car firms on federal fuel economy standards

Article by Christian A., on January 16, 2011

If the Obama administration seeks to negotiate an agreement by the fall, it will have to resolve certain conflicts raised as California regulators shot back at automakers on proposed federal fuel economy standards for 2017-25.

According to a California Air Resources Board spokesman, a letter from the auto industry's main trade group indicates “its intent to back away from its commitment to build the clean cars the nation needs.”

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers sent a letter to key House Republicans this week that also aims to delay California efforts to develop fuel efficiency and tailpipe emission standards, another CARB spokesman said. He said that contrary to the trade group's claims, the state's standards will be meshed with the eventual U.S. rule.

In an e-mail, CARB spokesman Stanley Young said that it is concerned about the sincerity of the Alliance's commitment to a national program.

The Alliance struck a conciliatory note. The group's spokeswoman, Gloria Bergquist, said that they anticipate that California “decides to remain at the table with [them]."

She said that automakers are "committed to working constructively" with California and the Obama administration to come up with a national rule. So far, a dozen states have vowed to adopt California's fuel economy and tailpipe emission standards.

The Jan. 11 letter that the Alliance sent revealed their worries that a preliminary federal proposal for automakers will raise the corporate average fuel economy of cars and light trucks to between 47 mpg and 62 mpg by the 2025 model year. [via autonews - sub. required]

Topics: united states

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

Just days after unveiling the refreshed 2018 Toyota Yaris hatchback to the North American public at the 2017 New York Auto Show, the Japanese company is now disclosing how much...
by - April 30, 2017
The next generation Volvo XC60 will be soon on its way to dealerships and customers as the Swedish carmaker has already commenced production of the mid-sized sports utility vehicle at...
by - April 30, 2017
In September 27, 2016, Porsche initially filed for a patent that is the “Unique Active Rear Diffuser”. And earlier this week, on April 27, 2017, the United States Patent and...
by - April 29, 2017
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has given its Top Safety Pick+ award to the redesigned version of the 2017 Kia Cadenza. This was a result of excellent a...
by - April 29, 2017
It’s pretty neat if you possess something of an extraordinary breed like, say, the Pagani Huayra. There are after all just a total of 100 units ever been built by...
by - April 28, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries