Major automakers are siding with the EPA in a court battle over tougher emissions standards,reported Wednesday.
Texas and 15 other states, along with ethanol groups,under the Biden administration, which aim to reinstate tougher rules after a rollback by the previous administration.
The Alliance for Automotive Innovation, a trade group representing most automakers selling cars in the United States, said in a court filing that the EPA rules “will challenge the industry” but provide automakers with “critically important flexibilities.”
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The group also said its members want to ensure that “critical regulatory provisions supporting electric vehicle technology are maintained.”
That’s a significant show of support from automakers considering the plaintiffs’ argument in the case centers around the EPA allegedly forcing automaker to produce electric cars. Stricter emissions effectively favor battery-electric powertrains over internal combustion, and the EPA can’t show favor to one technology over another, they claim.
The automakers are presenting a more united front than they did in the legal battle over California’s ability to set its own emissions standards, fought between the state and the Trump administration.
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In 2020, a set of automakers, amid a challenge over its Clean Air Act authority, but several others, including General Motors, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (now Stellantis), and Toyota . Despite, in GM’s case at least, , opposition continued until after Trump was out of office.
The Biden administration just earlier this weekrelated to Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) compliance. But will help assure easy compliance, a 2021 EPA report suggested.