Emissions standards to be eased
Environmental regulators announced Monday they will ease emissions standards for cars and trucks, saying that a time line put in place by President Barack Obama was not appropriate and set standards “too high.”
The Environmental Protection Agency said it completed a review that will affect vehicles for model years 2022-2025, but it did not specify details on new standards, which it said would be forthcoming. Current regulations from the EPA require the fleet of new vehicles to get 36 miles per gallon in real-world driving by 2025. That’s about 10 mpg over the existing standard.
The agency said in its decision that the regulation set under the Obama administration “presents challenges for auto manufacturers due to feasibility and practicability, raises potential concerns related to automobile safety, and results in significant additional costs on consumers, especially low-income consumers.”
The EPA, in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, will work to come up with new standards.
Automakers applauded Monday’s decision, arguing that the current requirements would have cost the industry billions of dollars and raised vehicle prices due to the cost of developing the necessary technology.
Environmentalists warned that the proposed rollbacks will make U.S. cars more expensive to fill up.