Auto associations representing different parts of the industry have recently stated support and optimism for the Trump administration’s directive to revisit finalized fuel economy standards made during the Obama administration. Current rules call for automakers to produce light-duty vehicles capable of 54.5 mpg by model year 2025.
In December, MEMA expressed concern that the EPA’s rushed process failed to provide sufficient time for the Midterm Evaluation, which was built into the standards’ final rules set back in 2012.
EPA’s final determination was issued separately from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Proposed Rulemaking on its Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for MYs 2022-2025. The agencies had previously agreed to conduct the Midterm Evaluation together as part of retaining the National Program, according to MEMA.
“MEMA believes a harmonized National Program is crucial to ensure long-term compliance planning and corresponding technology investments,” according to the association.
“MEMA looks forward to working on this issue with the Trump administration and the new Congress.
Association of Global Automakers
The Association of Global Automakers represents international motor vehicle manufacturers, original equipment suppliers, and other automotive-related trade associations delivered the following statement:
"We welcome the Trump Administration's decision to return the greenhouse gas standards' midterm evaluation back to the process that was agreed to in 2012. We look forward to working with the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the California Air Resources Board on a review of the standards that is data driven and accounts for the needs of American consumers without locking in a prejudged outcome.”
American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers
Chet Thompson, president and CEO of American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, gave a statement following President Donald Trump's visit to Michigan where he announced the administration would reopen the current evaluation of auto efficiency standards for Model Year 2022-2025 light-duty vehicles:
"AFPM is encouraged by President Trump's announcement that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will reopen its midterm review of Model Year 2022-2025 greenhouse gas (GHG) standards for light-duty vehicles.
"In rushing the midterm final determination out the door more than a year early, the Obama Administration short-circuited significant technical, economic, and policy analyses, and the full public debate that this issue warrants. Today's decision will allow EPA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), California, and other stakeholders to work together to make a transparent decision grounded in factual analyses rather than ideology."
Not all organizations were pleased with the EPA’s decision to revisit regulation goals.
“You have to wonder what is motivating the Trump administration to drive such a successful, Made-in-America policy into a ditch. It’s simply reckless and irresponsible, and will once again put America in the rearview mirror of foreign automakers that will be glad to dominate the market for the next generation of more efficient vehicles,” said Bob Keefe, executive director of the national, nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs, more commonly known as E2.
E2 was founded by business people who helped advocate for the country’s first greenhouse gas emissions limits for vehicles, which were passed by the state of California in 2002 and became the foundation for the federal emissions standards.
“These standards," Keefe said, "are helping spur production of the auto industry’s most efficient vehicles, cars and trucks that save consumers and businesses money, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs and reducing pollution along the way."