WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Four major automakers will not take a position on legal challenges to the Trump administration’s decision in March to dramatically weaken Obama-era fuel economy standards but want to weigh in on any court fix, according to a document seen by Reuters.
The Trump administration in March finalized rollback of U.S. vehicle emissions standards to require 1.5% annual increases in efficiency through 2026. That is far weaker than the 5% annual increases in the discarded rules adopted under President Barack Obama.
Ford Motor Co (F.N), Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE), Honda Motor Co (7267.T) and BMW AG (BMWG.DE) struck a voluntary agreement with California in July 2019 on vehicle emissions rules. On Friday, the four automakers plan to ask a U.S. Appeals Court in Washington for permission to be heard in the court challenge “to ensure that any remedy imposed by this court is both appropriate and achievable,” according to a draft of the filing. Other major automakers like General Motors Co (GM.N) and Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) have sided with the Trump administration on the rollback.
Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Dan Grebler