The Association of International Automobile Manufacturers, Inc. (AIAM) is disappointed with today’s decision by EPA to expand its partial waiver to 2001-2006 model year vehicles.
AIAM member companies are pioneering technologies to advance the goal of increasing fuel economy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We have, and continue to support the use of alternative fuels, including ethanol. However, before any new fuel is introduced into the marketplace for use in current vehicles and engines not warranted or certified for such fuel, we believe comprehensive, independent and objective scientific testing must be completed to show that the fuel will not increase air pollution, harm engines, or endanger consumers and that there are adequate protections to prevent misfueling.
In our view, EPA has prematurely granted the partial waiver, which – if applied at all – should only be imposed prospectively. As part of a coalition of vehicle and engine products associations, AIAM currently is challenging in court EPA’s grant of a partial waiver permitting gasoline with E15 for 2007 model year and newer vehicles. We remain committed to continue working with the Administration and other stakeholders on the challenging issues related to the introduction of new fuels into the marketplace.