WASHINGTON (Reuters) – California on Monday said it will halt all purchases of new government fleet vehicles from GM, Toyota and Fiat Chrysler and other automakers supporting President Donald Trump in a campaign to remove state authority to regulate tailpipe emissions.
FILE PHOTO: Engines assembled as they pass through assembly line at General Motors (GM) manufacturing facility in Spring Hill, Tennessee, USA August 22, 2019. REUTERS / Harrison McClary / File Photo
Between 2016 and 2018, California purchased 58, $ 6 million in vehicles from General Motors Corp ( GM.N ), $ 55.8 million from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles ( FCHA.MI ) $ 10.6 million from Toyota Motor Corp ( 7203.T ) and $ 9 million from Nissan Motor Co ( 7201.T ).
Last month, GM, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and industry associates supported the Global Automakers Trump administration's efforts to prevent California from setting standard pipe standards, which are more rigid than Washington's proposed national standards.
Automakers did not immediately reject or comment on California's announced ban on vehicle purchases.
As of January, the state will only buy from automakers that recognize California's legal authority to set emission standards. These car manufacturers include Ford Motor Co ( UN ), Honda Motor Co ( 7267.T ), BMW AG ( BMWG.DE ) and Volkswagen AG ([19459023)] VOWG_p.DE ), which entered into an agreement with California in July to follow revised vehicle emissions standards.
"Automakers that have chosen to be on the wrong side of history will be heading toward the end of California's purchasing power," California Gavin Newsom said in a statement.
California purchased $ 69.2 million in vehicles from Ford during the three-year period, $ 565,000 from Honda and none of the German automakers.
The state also revealed that it will no longer immediately allow government agencies to purchase sedans powered by an internal combustion engine, with the exception of certain public safety vehicles.
California's vehicle regulations have been adopted by 13 other states.
On Friday, California and 22 other US states challenged the Trump administration's decision to revoke California's legal authority to set vehicle emissions rules and require a growing number of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs).
The move follows a separate lawsuit filed in September by the states against the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that attempted to undo a parallel provision.
In August 2018, the Trump administration proposed freezing fuel efficiency requirements at 2020 levels through 2026, reversing planned 5% annual increases.
The Trump administration's final requirements are expected in the coming months and are set to modestly increase fuel efficiency versus the original proposal, with several automakers expecting annual increases of around 1.5%. It would be much less strict than the Obama rules.
CalMatters, a California nonprofit journalism site, reported California's decision to stop buying some vehicles earlier.
Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing Tom Brown