Memo To The Auto Industry: Time To Join California And Leaders Opposing Trump Clean Cars Rollback

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When four auto companies representing 30% of the U.S. car market announced they reached a clean cars compromise with California regulators after months of negotiations, they may have found the light at the end of a tortuous tunnel that began more than two years ago. Now that Ford, Honda, VW, and BMW are accelerating toward a cleaner future, it’s time for the other automakers to join this agreement

…The new California agreement would take industry fuel efficiency to around 50 mpg in 2026, vs. the Obama era rules which targeted 51 mpg in 2025, significantly more than the [Trump’s] SAFE rule’s proposed 37 mpg. It would eliminate costly industry uncertainty and align automakers with the very certain direction the rest of the world has moved toward since Trump’s announcement in 2017: much more stringent fuel economy and greenhouse gas targets.

Ellie’s note: Good work by CA with automakers but 50 mpg by 2026 is not enough to meet what the climate science and reality are telling us. We must phase out fossil fuel powered cars sooner to secure a safe climate. The EU is further ahead but still needs to do more- “vehicles have to effectively achieve around 57 mpg” starting in January and new rules would reduce CO2 emissions by almost 40% by 2030 from 2021 levels with cars getting 90 mpg. Around 35% of new EU car sales are expected to be EVs by 2030.