Trump Administration Tipped To Freeze Fuel Economy Standards From 2020 To 2026

The Trump administration is expected to freeze fuel economy standards for no less than six years, Reuters reports.

According to three people close to the matter, the U.S. government has started to circulate a draft proposal which would see a freeze on requirements from 2020 until 2026 in what is a dramatic departure from the strict fuel economy standards implemented under former President Barack Obama.

Under Obama, automakers were to be required to double average fleet-wide fuel efficiency to roughly 50 miles (80 km) per gallon by 2025. However, automakers have been pushing for this rule to be relaxed from the moment Donald Trump took office. They claim the standards are too strict and not in line with consumer sentiment that’s shifted towards larger and less fuel-efficient vehicles.

Carmakers will get what they asked for

Both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have confirmed that they are working on revising fuel economy standards.

“The Trump Administration is crafting a proposal that is dramatically weaker than any automobile manufacturer has requested and that also deliberately seeks to embark on a legal collision course with the State of California — a scenario that automakers, lawmakers and the state of California have all repeatedly urged the administration to avoid,” Democrat Senator Tom Carper said.

The draft proposal is tipped to assert that a federal law from 1975 preempts states like California from imposing its own emissions rules. However, the Trump administration isn’t expected to revoke California’s waiver to set its own rules under the Clean Air Act.

  • Six_Tymes

    If this was Obama, he would be applauded for it.

    • Callanish

      You’re saying Obama would be applauded for removing the strict fuel economy standards he implemented in the first place. What a dumb thing to say.

      • CarBrough

        This kind of foolishness is why America’s automotive industry was behind in the 70s and 80s practically going belly up. Spent the 90s and early 2000s trying to catch up, and now that they are finally churning out decent competitive cars, they will find themselves falling behind yet again by lazy unimaginative decisions like this.

        • MarketAndChurch

          Except that American automakers are just as competitive as the rest when it comes to hybrid/EV/fuel-cell technology.

          • tkindred

            Because they were being forced to meet EPA standards?

      • Six_Tymes

        lmao @ “You’re saying” no, you condensing dumb a..

        • Matt

          Cool it with the personal insults and try rebutt his comment instead…

  • Charles Lane

    Doest matter, if you want to sell cars in the largest market in the world, China, you going to have to up your game considerably when it comes to MPG. if US domestics are going to sit on their hands to till 2026 they are going to be slaughtered by the European/Asian completion as the move to 24v/hybrid/electric solutions.

    No matter which way cut it, Pandora’s box has been opened. Either you get ahead of the the avalanche that is electrification (from 24v to fully electric) or be buried by it and resigned to a footnote in automotive history.

    • MarketAndChurch

      By that time, all of the European automakers not owned by VW will be owned by the Chinese, and Europe will be bankrupt. All the American automakers are ready for electrification, but the American populace is not so it isn’t an issue of preparedness on the part of Ford and GM.

      A Democrat will simply reverse this, and a Republican will reverse it back in the other direction.

    • Six_Tymes

      spot on, well said

      • Matt

        So you’re against the government encouraging stricter MPG targets but you also agree that American carmakers need to be more efficient to survive on the world market?

        Which is it?

  • danno

    Sanity returns to the EPS regs.

  • salamOOn

    Meanwhile in Europe….

    • Cobrajet

      6.6 liter (400ci) 7 series.
      They have already leapfrogged us.

  • Randy Terpstra

    As much as I dislike regulations, it actually forces the hand of technology. My concern is that North America will fall behind in the automotive sector, while the tech-savvy Chinese dragon will fill the needs of a world moving towards a non-ICE powered future..

  • JGreen

    This is great news. Bucket trucks that utilities use have already nearly doubled under Obama. I’m sure by 2025 they would have doubled again.

  • outbackandy

    And looks it like Kim Jong Un will be selling their nuclear weapon technology for a good price to the South 🙂

    • Christian

      So there is hope for a Medal Of Honor Allied assault 2?

  • Mitchell Jones

    Excellent point I agree 100%. I really hope this keeps decent and larger engines around for a while yet.

    • Afi Keita James

      and we need bigger cars and land yachts.

      • Mitchell Jones

        not sure if sarcasm or not.

  • Afi Keita James

    Eliminate CAFE standards period.

  • Afi Keita James

    stfu!

    • Status

      Christian is always high on sarcasm. It’s better to just to get high with him and laugh.

    • Christian

      why you so aggressive ?

  • Status

    Why did you type ‘err’?

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