DETROIT (AP) – General Motors says it will ask the federal government for a national standard for gas environments, including…
DETROIT (AP) – General Motors says it will ask the federal government for a national standard for gas environments, including the requirement that a percentage of car companies’ sales should be zero-emission vehicles.
Mark Reuss, GM’s President, President of Product Development, said that the company will propose that a certain percentage of nationwide sales consist of vehicles powered by electricity or fuel cells.
“A national zero-emission program will drive the scope and infrastructure investments needed to allow US leadership to zero-out,” Reuss said.
GM, the country’s largest automaker, spelled the question Friday in written comments about a Trump management proposal to revoke Obama’s fuel economy and emission standards, freeze them by 2020 levels instead of gradually making them harder.
California Gov. Jerry Brown, whose state was one of many opponents to the mileage returns archiving obj ections to Trump The plan was in front of Interstate 5 in Sacramento on Friday to call for the cause of cleaner cars and condemn the proposal of the administration.
“Stupid, the mandated gas guzzlers instead of clean and zero-emissions vehicles,” Brown told reporters as truck and passenger traffic hurried by. “Wrong way to go, Donald. Bring it. Badly. “
According to a regulation finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency at the end of the Obama administration, the fleet of new cars would get 36 miles per gallon (1
5 kilometers per liter) before 2025, 10 miles per gallon (4km per liter) higher than current requirements.
But the Trump Administration’s preferred plan is to freeze the standards that start in 2021. Administration officials say to abandon the tougher fuel efficiency requirements would make vehicles cheaper, which would get safer cars to
GM on Thursday said it was not supports the freeze but wants flexibility to handle consumers’ transition from cars to less efficient SUVs and trucks.
The proposed requirement would be based on current standards now required in California and nine other states. Under these rules, GM must sell at least 2 200 helicopters in California this year, or approximately 1.1 percent of the approximately 200,000 cars, trucks and SUVs as normal sells in the state every year.
California sets requirements based on a complex formula taking into account the total number of vehicles sold by an automaker and provides credits for full power sales and sub-credits for plug-in gas-electric hybrid vehicles. Credits can be banked or sold to other car manufacturers who need them.
GM’s proposal would set lower vehicle emissions requirements than California, but spread them to the entire nation. The requirements would gradually increase to 2025.
Reuss said GM’s proposal is a starting point for discussions on a set of national fuel efficiency and zero emission regulations.
“We really want a national set of standards” said. “Technology to several standards is very expensive and sincere, unnecessary.”
The United States and California gas mileages have been the same since 2010. But if President Donald Trump’s administration ceases to relax, it could create two standards, one for California and states that follow it and another for the rest of the nation.
California, whose unique authority to set its own vehicle emissions standards would be rolled back under the management proposal, left more than 400 pages of analysis that rejected the plan and the research behind it.
California argues for freezing emission standards for six model years would exacerbate climate change, delay research into cleaner technologies and lead to higher petrol expenditures. It also says that the plan is endangering the US automotive industry by allowing other countries to take the lead to develop affordable electric cars and batteries.
“I think many car companies know they have to build clean, electric or hydrogen cars,” said Brown at Friday’s Interstate News Conference. “If they do not, they will work for Chinese companies.”
Separately, 21 lawyers general and five cities wrote a letter saying that the management proposal is illegal.
Trump could challenge California’s power to set its own standards granted under the Clean Air Act, which could create a long legal battle because California has promised to defend its attempt to reduce pollution.
EPA’s operating administrator, Andrew Wheeler, has said he wants a standard standard national. Wheeler “has promised to work seriously with states and stakeholders to find a solution when we comment on the new proposal,” says James Hewitt, spokesman for the Agency on Friday.
Environmental groups are still likely to oppose some changes in the standards. Daniel Becker from the Safe Climate Campaign, an environmental advocacy group, said that car manufacturers like GM want the federal government to set standards rather than California because it’s easier to lobby for loopholes in Washington.
“Automotive companies want to be able to make a small number of electric vehicles and a large number of gasguzzling SUVs and other trucks instead of complying with existing mileage and emission regulations,” says Becker.
The deadline for written comments on Trump’s management plan was due to Friday, with a final decision expected in March.
GM, offering the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt with 238 miles distance, and the plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt, has invested millions to develop battery technology so that further electricity sales nationwide would help its bottom line. The company has promised to introduce 20 new all-electric vehicles globally before 2023.
Ellen Knickmeyer in Washington, DC and Jonathan J. Cooper in Sacramento, California, contributed to this report.