U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew a number of attacks on automakers Wednesday for failing to support his administration's plan to roll back Obama-era fuel efficiency rules, and specifically appointed Ford Motor to support a California deal for stricter fuel economy standards .
Ford is one of four automakers, along with Honda Motor, BMW AG and Volkswagen AG, which reached a voluntary agreement with California on fuel efficiency rules, and defied Trump and his administration's efforts to strip the state of the fight against climate change by setting their own standards.
The California plan rules are looser than Obama-era regulations, but stricter than Trump has proposed.
Trump said the company's founder Henry Ford would be "very disappointed if he saw his modern era. Descendants who want to build a much more expensive car, it's far less safe and don't work as well because executives won't fight California. regulators. "
Ford said in a statement that it is focused on acting to protect the environment while also protecting affordable cars. "This agreement with California provides regulatory stability while reducing CO2 more than complying with two different standards," it states.
There is no evidence that existing fuel economy rules will impair vehicle performance. And environmentalists and many states are challenging Trump's assertion that the administration's proposed rule would increase vehicle safety or dramatically reduce vehicle prices ̵
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra responded to Trump's attack on automakers who said it would result in another 540 million tonnes of greenhouse gases and other injuries. "This doesn't seem like a better option for us," he said.
The White House has urged other car manufacturers not to support the California agreement, while Democrats have called and written car manufacturers and urged them to sign with California.
The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday ridiculed the voluntary framework, which it said "so far has been nothing more than a press release."
"My suggestion to the politically correct car companies would lower the average price of a car to consumers by more than $ 3000, and at the same time make the cars significantly safer. Engines would work smoother. Very little impact on the environment! Poor drivers!" Trump tweeted earlier .
Gloria Bergquist, a spokeswoman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, representing General Motors, Toyota Motor, Ford, Volkswagen and others, said the companies "look forward to seeing a final rule soon. We support raising standards that optimize all priorities, including affordability, so that more Americans can buy a new car, plus maintain jobs and safety at the same time. "
GM did not support the voluntary agreement, claiming that it did not approve the company's electric vehicles properly.
After all, Trump tweeted that the founders of Ford and GM "roll over" by the weakness of current automobile executives "over the fuel rules, adding:" Crazy! "
GM did not immediately comment.
Sierra Club CEO Michael Brune said Trump's tweet was completely untrue." Trump's return is loosening from every corner, "he said.
All major automakers are on the record and states that they oppose the administration's "preferred option" announced in August 2018, which would freeze fuel economy demands at 2020 levels through 2026.  Trump's tweet misread some aspects of the administration's proposal, which is expected to be finalized sometime after The proposal said that by the 2030 model year, the average price increase for a new vehicle would be reduced by $ 1,850 and consumers would pay $ 490 less for financing, insurance and taxes. There is nothing in the administration's proposed revisions that would result in engines run smoother.
The Trump plan's preferred alternative would be to increase US oil consumption by about 500,000 fa t per day in the 2030s and at the same time reduce car manufacturers' collective regulatory costs by more than $ 300 billion. That would prevent California from requiring automakers to sell a growing number of electric vehicles or set state emissions regulations.
The administration says increased fuel consumption would raise the average global temperature by 3 / 1000th of a degree Celsius by 2100, but would save thousands of lives over the next 30 years – in part because consumers will buy safer, cheaper vehicles faster. Environmentalists and many states reject that analysis.
The Obama-era rules passed in 2012 required an average fuel efficiency of 46.7 miles per gallon by 2025, with an average annual increase of about 5%, compared to 37 mpg by 2026 under the Trump administration's preferred option .