Automakers in CA issue joint statement in support of new federal vehicle emission standards

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Five automakers operating in California — BMW, Ford, Honda, Volkswagen, and Volvo Cars — recently released a joint statement regarding the Biden Administration's move to set new federal vehicle emissions standards.

According to the automakers, “We (are) proud to stand with California to establish progressive new greenhouse gas regulations, and we remain committed to leading the industry in fighting against climate change. That's why we support the Administration's goal of reaching an electric vehicle future and applaud President Biden's leadership on reducing emissions and investing in critical infrastructure to achieve these reductions. While the California framework companies are driving towards 40 to 50 percent of our sales being EVs in the next nine years, bold action from our partners in the federal government is crucial to building consumer demand for electric vehicles and put us on track to achieve the global commitments of the Paris Climate Agreement. That includes a strong nationwide greenhouse gas emissions standard, continued investments in charging infrastructure, and broad consumer incentives for all-electric vehicle purchases.”

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The current administration’s take on vehicle emission standards supersedes Trump’s move to rescind the then clean car program established by the Obama administration.

This long-awaited policy aims to target 50 percent of all vehicles sold by 2030 to be electric and would help usher in an electric age for the US automotive industry. The plan to adopt electric vehicles on a larger scale will help US car companies compete with Chinese manufacturers.

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