“This is a constant recognition of California`s role as a leading player in this area and of California`s importance as a automotive market and a leader in emission reduction standards,” said Julia Stein, project manager of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the University of Los Angeles School of Law. Mr. Trump was blind last summer when companies – Ford, Honda, BMW and Volkswagen – announced they had reached a secret deal with California to meet the state`s standards, as the Trump administration worked to reduce Obama-era fuel consumption rules. A fifth company, Volvo, said in March that it wanted to join the agreement and was part of the legal agreement reached on Monday. Thirteen other states are signatories to the agreement under their own laws, including New York, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington. Together, according to Cliff, these countries account for 40% of total U.S. car sales. The 13 states that follow California`s standards, which account for about 40 percent of the U.S. auto market, said they supported the agreements. WASHINGTON – California reached a legal agreement Monday with five of the world`s largest automakers, requiring them to meet their state`s stringent energy efficiency standards, which would reduce emissions from exhaust pipes during global warming. Ford, BMW, Honda, Volvo and the Volkswagen Group (which includes VW and Audi) have agreed to meet California`s stricter emission requirements for cars and pickup trucks across the country. This means that annual reductions in vehicle greenhouse gas emissions will continue until 2026, starting in the 2022 model year.
And since the agreement extends beyond California`s borders, the impact could be considerable. Thirteen other states follow California`s state standards and have agreed to implement the new agreement. The fate of separate standards should be decided by the Supreme Court, which will most likely rule on a multi-state action to null and void the Trump administration`s federal rule or, at the very least, to retain state authority to set stricter rules. Negotiations between CARB and automakers began more than a year ago, when it became clear that the Trump administration would weaken fuel efficiency standards and try to deprive California of authority to strengthen its own emission standards. In doing so, the state has clearly warned the rest of the auto industry that California`s rules will probably remain in place, and if you have brains, you will come to us. We have already pointed to the transparent falsification of the argument that the conflict between state and federal rules creates costly “uncertainty” for automakers. Until Trump took office, federal and California standards were in harmony, so the state`s standards met a de facto national standard – California`s vehicle standards were adopted by 13 other states, meaning they are already in effect in about 36 percent of the United States.