VW, Honda, Ford, and others return to California to restore emissions autonomy

The five major carmakers have backed the Biden administration’s efforts to restore California’s own emissions and the ability to set rules for the fuel economy.

According to Reuters, Ford, Volkswagen, Honda, BMW and Volvo are all backing a court filing backed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to restore California’s controversially revoked authority under former President Donald Trump.

A total of 17 states across the United States have agreed to adopt California’s emissions and energy economy rules. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia also supported the waiver to reinstate California’s rule-setting authority, but not all states have boards. In fact, 17 Republican Attorney Generals have filed a challenge in U.S. courts for the District of Columbia against the EPA’s move.

Read more: EPA ready to revoke California’s right to set its own emissions regulations this week

The EPA is initiating a number of changes to emissions and fuel economy rules that were changed or repealed under the Trump administration. The current rules require a 28.3 percent reduction in vehicle emissions by 2026.

In a recent statement, California Governor Gavin Newsom said the state would “stand with the federal government to defend against this radical effort to raise California’s clean transportation future.”

California is not only leading the way in tightening emissions and enforcing energy economy restrictions. The state also intends to ban the sale of new internal combustion engine vehicles in 2035 and it is possible that this date could be extended by five years. Major California cities, such as Culver City, Oakland, and Berkeley, are already targeting the 2030 deadline, while other states are following California’s lead, including Massachusetts, which will ban the sale of new gasoline-powered cars by 2035.

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