WASHINGTON, July 25 (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co., BMW AG, Volkswagen AG and Honda Motor Co said on Thursday that they have reached a voluntary agreement with the State of California to adopt compromise rules for vehicle emissions.
The four major car manufacturers' agreement to recognize California's lawful authority to set vehicle rules is in violation of a White House's plan to remove the state from this court.
"Ensuring that US vehicles are efficient, safe and affordable is a priority for all of us," said the car manufacturers in a joint statement describing the agreement with California as amove to maintain a nationwide set of fuel efficiency requirements.
Mary Nichols, head of the California Air Resources Board, told Reuters in an interview Wednesday that the four automakers were seeking government security and had agreed not to legally challenge the state vehicle regulator.
"They didn't want to face the expense, the distraction, and the bad advertising that comes from being part of a great return on clean cars," she said.
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They did not want to meet the expenses, the distraction and the bad advertising that comes from being part of a great return on clean cars. " As part of this plan, the US Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration supported freeze emission requirements for new cars and trucks at 2020 levels throughout 2026. The proposal is not expected to go to the White House for final review for at least several weeks, people announced the case.
The rules of the Obama era adopted in 2012 required average fuel efficiency of 46.7 miles per gallon by 2025, with an average annual increase of about 5 percent, compared to 37mpg by 2026 Under the Trump Administration's Preferred Option
During the compromise with the four automakers, the stringency of the requirements would increase nationwide, raging the annual rate of 3.7% annually from 2022 through 2026, and 1% of it. annual improvement could be covered by credits awarded to build electrified vehicles.
Apart from extending credit for the construction of electric, plug-in hybrid and hydrogen fuel vehicles, the agreement also hangs the roof to win credits for fuel efficiency improvement that is not caught by traditional testing. The compromise would also remove a requirement to account for the outflow of fuel.
The proposal would allow automakers to compromise California and operate under one set of national rules.
"A 50-state solution has always been our preferred way forward, and we understand that every deal involves compromise," said the car manufacturers' joint statement.
"These terms will give our companies much-needed regulatory certainty by allowing us to meet both federal and state requirements with a single national fleet and avoid a patchwork of regulations while continuing to ensure meaningful reductions in greenhouse gases."
On June 6, 17 major automakers wrote a letter to President Donald Trump and California Governor Gavin Newsom to revive talks and urge a compromise "mid-way" between the two sides to avoid "a prolonged period of litigation and instability. "
The White House quickly declined that effort, and car manufacturers and California started private talks leading to Thursday's announcement.
Car manufacturers are crediting Trump with re-opening the claims after the Obama administration in recent weeks attempted to lock in the claims through 2025. In the White House meetings, they have urged Trump officials to reach an agreement rather than risk years with legal battles that would leave them in limbo.
Nichols said under the compromise agreement that the White House could still demand "victory" because it "slowed down" the required fuel economy improvements. She added that California is getting "essentially the same results when it comes to getting cleaner cars on the road, but it does happen a year later."
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Newsom said in a statement that the deal will "make the air cleaner and safer for all of us … I now ask the rest of the automotive industry to join us and for the Trump administration to leave their regressive proposal and do what is right for our economy, our people and our planet. "
A dozen US states have adopted California's vehicle emission regulations covering more than one-third of all US sales and California, the most populous US state accounting for about 12% of US vehicle sales, will certify automakers in accordance with their rules if They agreed the compromise.
Nichols said other automakers could also adopt the compromise if they chose it.
(David Shepardson's Editing; Editing Simon Cameron -Moore)
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