While carmakers have already started pushing the buttons of the incoming Trump administration to try and ease the restrictive CO2 and fuel economy standards envisioned by the Obama administration, the EPA has decided to stand by the latter earlier than expected.
The decision by the EPA – which said the fuel economy standards cooked up by President Obama in 2012 for 2025 shouldn’t be eased – is also coming years earlier than originally expected. The standards will see cars and SUVs reach 52.6 mpg in a bid to drastically lower greenhouse gas emissions by 2025, and the government agency actually had until April 2018 to reach a final decision. The “Proposed Determination” by the EPA will also involve a 30-day comment period for auto industry groups. Specialists believe the EPA is taking a rock stand on the fuel economy issue in advance of the Trump office coming in January.
The EPA motivated its decision by saying carmakers have been so far achieving the standards without actually hitting the buyer with major price increases. The industry officials claim the needed technology will hike the price faster from now on. Additionally, the rules are not yet law, and they could be subject to change by the Trump administration until 2018.