August 2, 2016
The Association of Global Automakers and fifteen other associations submitted a joint coalition letter requesting from the EPA, NHTSA and CARB to extend the comment period for the draft Technical Assessment Report (TAR) from 60 to 120 days. Due to the length, highly technical nature of the document, and the misalignment of the timelines for various agencies the coalition felt an extension would be warranted to provide appropriate additional data.
August 1, 2016
Global Automakers and the Auto Alliance Submit a Joint Petition for Reconsideration of CAFE Civil Penalties
Global Automakers and the Auto Alliance submitted a joint petition for reconsideration of Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Civil Penalties to the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on August 1, 2016. In the petition, the Associations seek reconsideration of the portion of the Interim Final Rule (IFR) that applies to civil penalties under the CAFE program and the CAFE standards at 49 C.F.R. Parts 531 and 533. The Associations and their members requested that DOT reissue a new IFR that applies the inflation adjustment to the...
August 1, 2016
Those who follow the auto industry (and you’re one of them, or else it’s unlikely you’d be reading this post) took great interest in the Draft Technical Assessment Report on fuel economy released recently by the federal government. Reports on the 1,200 page report essentially distilled its findings to two numbers: 54.5 and 50.8. The first number is what U.S. fuel economy, in miles per gallon, was supposed to average in 2025; the second is the revised target, due to changes in gas prices and consumer preferences (people are buying more light trucks than cars). Simple numbers make it easy for...
July 29, 2016
Scarcely a day goes by without cybersecurity dominating the headlines, whether it involves a bank, the electric grid, a retailer, or most recently, the Democratic National Committee. Last week our industry took another step toward enhancing the security of motor vehicles from hackers, when we unveiled a series of Automotive Cybersecurity Best Practices. This was the product of months of work by the Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Auto-ISAC, for short), involving more than 50 automotive cybersecurity experts. This voluntary, industry-led effort recognizes that the world...
July 25, 2016
The lead environmental regulators of six states - CT, MA, NY, OR, RI, and VT - sent a letter to the California Air Resources Board (ARB) for the board update item on the midterm review of the Advanced Clean Cars program. The letter is attached below and highlights the following: The Clean Air Act precludes the states from adopting differing standards from ARB Any ARB decisions impact the states and their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions goals The states support a strong zero emission vehicle (ZEV) program, and do not want any delay from the 2018 start Regulatory certainty is needed; it...
July 22, 2016
The Association of Global Automakers (Global Automakers) joined with the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Intelligent Transportation Society of America, and Denso International America, Inc. to file reply comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in regard to ET Docket No.13-49. The reply comments are submitted in response to the Public Notice issued by the FCC pertaining to Revision of Part 15 of the Commission's Rules to Permit Unlicensed National Information INfrastructure (U-NII) Devices in the 5GHz Band. The comments in the attached proceeding underscore the...
July 22, 2016
On July 21st the California Air Resources Board (CARB or ARB) held a public meeting to hear an update on the joint Draft Technical Assessment Report (TAR) for the Midterm Evaluation (MTE) of the 2022-2025 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) standards and Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards for light-duty vehicles. Global Automakers provided testimony at this meeting focusing on four key points: Our continued support of the MTE as a necessary and the importance of having a single national program; This is just the first step in a longer process which will require more evaluations of the...
July 18, 2016
“Automakers are committed to the goals of the national greenhouse gas program, and continue to offer more fuel-efficient vehicle choices than ever before. Yet, market conditions today are very different from when the standards were developed five years ago. “The midterm review of the 2022-2025 light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards is a critical reality check to reexamine the initial assumptions and their impact on the feasibility of the national program. Today’s release of the Draft Technical Assessment Report is an important first step in the review. “As we continue...
July 8, 2016
Automakers and intelligent transportation organizations urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to focus on safety first when considering changing the rules of the 5.9 GHz Safety Spectrum band in comments filed yesterday. “Decisions over sharing the Safety Spectrum should be driven first and foremost by public safety,” said Global Automakers President and CEO John Bozzella. “Vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology, which is ready today, has the potential to prevent over 1,000 deaths a year. The future of this significant lifesaving technology lies in the hands of the FCC.” The 5.9...
July 8, 2016
Global Automakers submitted comments to the California Air Resources Board on the 2030 Scoping Plan Concept Paper, which presents scenarios and considerations in achieving the state's goal of a 40% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2030. The letter suggests a full sector approach is appropriate for achieving reductions in the most cost-effective and flexible manor and raises questions about how these planning documents influence the Air Resources Board's future regulatory direction, including the outcome of the midterm review.
July 7, 2016
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY In 1999, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) allocated 75 MHz of spectrum in the 5.850-5.925 GHz (“5.9 GHz”) band for improving road safety and efficiency through a variety of Dedicated Short Range Communications (“DSRC”) applications.1 In allocating this spectrum and adopting detailed rules for its use, the FCC aimed to “encourage the private sector to develop operational standards facilitating nationwide compatibility and interoperability of [safety] applications.”2 In its 2004 Order promulgating rules for DSRC equipment and applications,...
July 5, 2016
Statement on June 30, 2016 Summit meeting in Ottawa, Canada between President Obama, Prime Minister Trudeau and President Nieto It is extraordinarily important that the United States uphold its commitments to our trading partners and continue its longstanding support for open trade and investment. Trade and investment from abroad creates jobs and economic opportunity for millions of Americans and provides US consumers with the most competitive products found anywhere in the world. Dedication to these principals has encouraged international automakers to locate production and other...
July 1, 2016
Global Automakers and the Alliance jointly submitted comments to the California Department of Toxic Substance Control on June 30, 2016, on the proposed modifications to the brake pad regulations. The associations asked for additional clarification regarding acceptability of having packaging marking ("LeafMark" and for additional changes, updates, and clarifications regarding brake pad testing.
June 24, 2016
What is an American car? It is a question that periodically, and regularly, surfaces. This week a professor at American University in Washington, DC published the latest version of his index in an attempt to answer the question. The flaws in the professor’s methodology have long been pointed out. He assigns rather arbitrary numerical values to such things as where a company’s headquarters are located; he blithely assumes that all vehicles produced in the US by companies with US headquarters conduct all of their research here, while international companies are assumed to perform only half of...
June 21, 2016
Global Automakers and the Alliance jointly submitted comments to support ARB's plan to fund the Clean Vehicle Rebate Program (CVRP) for zero emission vehicles in the fiscal year 2016-2017 plan. "We support and share California’s goal of expanding the market share for zero emission vehicle (ZEV) technology. The CVRP is critical to meeting this goal, and we support the proposed funding plan." In addition to supporting $55 million to cover the current FY CVRP requests and $175 million for FY2016-17 funding, the two associations also support: Maintaining the current CVRP incentives in FY2016-...
June 21, 2016
The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers submitted the attached petition for rulemaking to both EPA and NHTSA on June 21, 2016. This petition is premised on the realization that as our members have implemented the national program, we have learned there are implementation differences between NHTSA and EPA programs that are problematic. This petition is a call for harmonization to better align the current NHTSA and EPA programs. We are submitting this now, separate from the Technical Assessment Report and Mid Term Review activity, because it focuses...
June 17, 2016
North of the city of Concord, California, a sea of golden hills surrounds a 5,000–acre former navy weapons station populated by abandoned buildings -- and automated vehicles. Honda recently demonstrated its automated Acura flagship RLX sedan at the facility, known as GoMentum station. Honda is one of several automakers using the 20 miles of secured paved roadways at GoMentum, which look just like the ones we drive on every day, to develop their automated vehicles. I have seen some amazing things during my 20 years in the car business. But what I saw at GoMentum, thanks to Honda’s...
June 14, 2016
Global Automakers Launches DrivingZEV.com; Highlights Commitment to Green Vehicle Technology and Challenges of ZEV Mandate
The Association of Global Automakers (Global Automakers) today announced the launch of DrivingZEV.com, a website detailing the advancement of green vehicle technologies and the challenges of today’s marketplace as both automakers and states strive to reach target sales for zero emission vehicles (ZEVs). “Automakers are making major investments in designing and marketing ZEVs,” said John Bozzella, president and CEO of Global Automakers. “However, building a sustainable market remains a challenge. It will take effort from the industry, states, and consumers alike to reach the sales mandate set...
June 6, 2016
Global Automakers, along with the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and Motor Equipment Manufacturers Association, jointly submitted comments to the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard (OEHHA) on June 6, 2016 regarding the latest proposed modifications to the Proposition 65 (Prop 65) regulations. The comments request that several items be addressed in the Final Statement of Reasons to ensure clarity regarding implementation of the safe harbor regulations.
May 26, 2016
Global Automakers sent the attached letter to California Assembly Member Richard Bloom supporting certain provisions of legislation introduced by his office, Assembly Bill 1964, that would impact California's HOV green sticker program. While the legislation strengthens the green sticker program, Global Automakers also calls on the legislature to address the state's white sticker program.
May 25, 2016
The auto industry is changing rapidly. Technology is transforming our vehicles in ways we couldn’t have imagined even a few years ago. The cars and trucks we will drive tomorrow will be cleaner, safer and more efficient than ever before. Not surprisingly, the way industry is designing, building and delivering these vehicles is changing too. This transformation has been underway throughout my entire career; what I once knew as the “American auto industry” is now just part of a larger, global industry with seemingly limitless potential. Auto plants built by automakers from all parts of the...
May 23, 2016
Global Automakers and the Alliance submitted joint comments to the California Department of Toxic Substance Control regarding a proposed regulation for copper and other constituents in brake friction materials (i.e. "brake pads"). The attached comments highlight the need to maximize harmonization with Washington's regulations and to streamline testing and recordkeeping requirements.
May 12, 2016
In a letter to United States Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, the Association of Global Automakers expressed serious concerns about the potential impact of the proposed debt-equity regulations under Internal Revenue Code section 385 released by the Treasury Department on April 4, 2016. The letter states the proposed guidance, which overturns long-standing tax principles and well-established case law and regulations, will significantly increase the cost of doing business in the United States, and create further obstacles to much needed investment, job creation and economic growth. The letter...
May 9, 2016
On May 9, Global Automakers submitted the attached written comments in connection with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) development of Guidelines for the Safe Deployment and Operation of Automated Vehicle Technologies. In the comments, Global Automakers urges NHTSA to act quickly to expand its leadership role with respect to the regulation of automated vehicles. A balanced policy framework crafted at the federal level is necessary in order to prevent states from filling the void through a patchwork of state requirements that will impact the design and...
May 5, 2016
There’s no question that spectrum is a valuable (and finite) resource. In the last ten years we’ve come to use it to watch movies, share photos and videos, and do a whole range of things wirelessly that we once could only dream of. Now, we’re going to be using the spectrum to save lives on our roads and in our cars. The government is moving forward with a plan to use a specified band of spectrum (5.9 GHz, for those who are technically inclined) for vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications. What’s that mean? It means vehicles will be able to talk to each other to...