January 18, 2017
On January 17, Global Automakers testified before the Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee in opposition to Senate Bill 9 which would grant the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration authority for rule making to address automated and connected vehicles. Global Automakers testimony focused on the overly broad nature of the bill and expressed concern that the legislation would create uncertainty for automotive manufacturers and others who are investing heavily in the technology as well as establish a patchwork of state laws that could slow the pace of innovation. Global Automakers...
January 13, 2017
Statement by John Bozzella, President and CEO, Global Automakers “The Environmental Protection Agency has still failed to state a compelling reason for rushing its final determination. It unnecessarily truncated public comment and prevented scrutiny of an important policy decision that will affect consumers, investment, public health and the environment. This can only undermine confidence in the objectivity of policymaking. It merits a serious look by the incoming administration.” ### The Association of Global Automakers represents international motor vehicle manufacturers, original...
January 3, 2017
Clean Car Act Good Step toward Building Green Car Market in Maryland - Additional Investment is Required to Reach State Mandated ZEV Goals
The Association of Global Automakers (Global Automakers) applauds Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s announcement to increase the state investment in its’ electric vehicle tax credit program as part of his 2017 environmental agenda. “We are pleased that Governor Hogan is proposing a 30 percent increase in the states’ electric vehicle tax credit program and doubling the charging station rebate in his proposed Clean Cars Act of 2017,” said Damon Shelby Porter, director of state government affairs for Global Automakers. “Incentives for the purchase of green vehicles are a proven tool towards...
December 30, 2016
Global Automakers submitted comments on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Proposed Determination on MY 2022-2025 Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Standards, which was part of the EPA's "Midterm Evaluation" of those standards. These comments were submitted on the heels of EPA's earlier denial of Global Automakers' request to either withdraw the Proposed Determination or extend the comment period, a move which suggests that the agency is more intent on pushing through a final determination before the end of this Administration versus a collaborative and data-driven...
December 20, 2016
Like the departing administrations before it, President Obama and his team are busy wrapping up outstanding issues as they prepare to leave office. On that list were two big issues with implications for the auto industry going far beyond President Obama's tenure. One was handled with care and diligence; the other has prompted serious questions about the objectivity and fairness of the proceedings. First, after an extensive period of public comment and technical review, the Department of Transportation issued proposed rules for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications. These rules, long sought...
December 13, 2016
Automakers, Highway Safety Advocates, ITS Community Welcome Government Action on Connected Car Technology
A coalition of automakers, highway safety advocates and intelligent transportation organizations welcome the release of the Department of Transportation’s notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to establish an interoperable platform for Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communications in new vehicles to provide safety and mobility benefits. John Bozzella, President and CEO of the Association of Global Automakers said, “Today’s release of the V2V NPRM is a critical step to enabling connected car technologies that promise to improve highway safety and deliver significant lifesaving benefits.” The auto...
December 7, 2016
Global Automakers Calls on EPA to Withdraw its Proposed Determination on MY 2022-2025 Light-Duty Vehicle GHG Standards
Statement by John Bozzella, President and CEO, Global Automakers “The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to rush forward with its Midterm Evaluation and issue a Proposed Determination on MY 2022-2025 greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards undermines the important process the regulators and automakers agreed to in 2012 for establishing one harmonized national program for regulating GHG and fuel economy. Global Automakers and its members remain committed to the goals of one national program and therefore are asking the EPA to withdraw its Proposed Determination, or at the very...
December 7, 2016
Request to EPA to Withdraw its Proposed Determination on MY 2022-2025 Light-Duty Vehicle GHG Standards
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to rush forward with its Mid-term Evaluation by issuing a Proposed Determination on MY 2022-2025 greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards undermines the important process the regulators and automakers agreed to in 2012 for establishing one harmonized national program for regulating GHG and fuel economy. Global Automakers and its members remain committed to the goals of one national program and therefore, are asking the EPA to withdraw its Proposed Determination, or at the very least grant an extension of the current 30-day comment period....
December 6, 2016
Statement from Damon Porter, Director of State Government Affairs “The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Automated Vehicle Policy provides clear rules for states, and cautions against enacting new laws or regulations that could slow the technology development and inhibit innovation. The Pennsylvania Autonomous Vehicle Policy Task Force policy recommendations could establish a precedent for other states to adopt their own, differing requirements for vehicle testing, leading to a patchwork of different state-by-state requirements. A flexible regulatory approach that encourages...
November 30, 2016
Statement by John Bozzella, President and CEO, Global Automakers “Global Automakers’ members are committed to the goals of the national greenhouse gas (GHG) program, and continue to offer more fuel-efficient vehicle choices for consumers than ever before. Since 2012, we have cooperated with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in good faith, offering detailed comments and analyses on facts the Agency should be considering: the wishes of consumers, the price of gasoline, and the realities of the U.S. auto market. It is disappointing the EPA has chosen to disregard this input, opting to...
November 23, 2016
Global Automakers appreciates the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) efforts to address issues of distracted drivers more broadly through the release of its Phase II Distraction Guidelines. With the rapid pace of innovation, however, the Agency should maintain flexibility as interaction between the driver and technology evolves in a connected and automated vehicle environment. “With the rapid development of new technologies, we are concerned about whether the Agency guidelines provide sufficient flexibility to adapt in an environment where there are multiple ways...
November 18, 2016
Connecticut Continued Funding of ZEV Rebates Critical – But Increased Investment is Needed to Reach State Mandated Goals
The Association of Global Automakers (Global Automakers) applauds Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy’s announcement of an additional $2.7 million for the Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate (CHEAPR) program. “Point-of-sale vehicle rebates are one of the most effective consumer incentives and we commend Governor Malloy for his work on the CHEAPR program,” said Damon Porter, Director of State Affairs for Global Automakers. “In order to meet our shared goal of building a sustainable green car market, the state has to continue to increase its investment to reach its...
November 15, 2016
On November 15, 2016, President and CEO of Global Automakers John Bozzella provided a statement to the the House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade for the hearing entitled “Disrupter Series: Self- Driving Cars.”
October 27, 2016
On October 26, 2016, Global Automakers sent the attached letter to both the Clinton and Trump Presidential Transition Team Chairs. The letter briefly outlines the importance of the auto industry to the U.S. economy, the transformation occurring in vehicle transportation, and the Association’s policy priorities.
October 21, 2016
We‘re on a journey that should lead us to safer, more efficient and more inclusive transportation, thanks to connected and automated vehicle technologies. And, we’ve come to a critical navigation point. We’re on the verge of deploying technologies that could fundamentally change how we move people and goods. But, as with other major technology-driven shifts, the focus often turns to the worst potential outcomes from these developments. And, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing – unless it leads to bad public policy. The Obama Administration recently issued guidance to vehicle...
October 19, 2016
I’m an optimist. On the day of the third and final Presidential debate, I’m hoping that consequential policy issues will be raised and discussed seriously. The economy is one of the six selected topics that will be the focus of moderator Chris Wallace’s questions. Since the subject of trade has resonated with voters this campaign season, I expect we’ll hear a lot of criticism of trade policy from both candidates as they explain their plans to create more jobs and expand economic opportunity. Both candidates share a skepticism of trade, and NAFTA in particular, especially as it...
September 26, 2016
Today we submitted our initial analysis of a Draft Technical Assessment Report written by federal and California government agencies who will regulate light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and fuel economy standards for model years 2022-2025. This is the beginning of a critical reality check to see if this program is feasible. In 2009 and again in 2012, the auto industry, federal government, and State of California committed to a unified program for fuel economy and GHG emissions. The goals of this program are very important and we support them. I will leave it to you to read...
September 26, 2016
The Association of Global Automakers, Inc. (Global Automakers) supports the goals of the National Program to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and fuel use while ensuring customers have a wide choice of affordable vehicles that meet their needs. On September 26, 2016, Global Automakers submitted comments on the joint Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA), and California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) Draft Technical Assessment Report (TAR), released in July 2016, which addresses the assumptions underlying the model year (MY) 2022-...
September 22, 2016
Statement of John Bozzella, Association of Global Automakers' President and CEO, before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade and Subcommittee on Energy and Power Hearing on the Midterm Review and Update on the CAFE and GHG Emissions Standards for Motor Vehicles held on September 22, 2016. Summary Global Automakers’ members are manufacturing cars and trucks that are more fuel efficient and cleaner than ever before, and improvements continue. Automakers have introduced numerous improvements in conventional vehicles, as well as remarkable...
September 19, 2016
Statement by John Bozzella, Global Automakers President and CEO “Global Automakers welcomes the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) leadership with the release of its automated vehicle guidance and model policy. A consistent national approach for this burgeoning technology is critically important as automated vehicles will advance vehicle safety, mobility and sustainability. “Global Automakers and its members remain committed to working with federal, state, and local governments to ensure there is a flexible, consistent framework for automated vehicle technologies so consumers can...
September 7, 2016
Global Automakers submitted comments in general support of the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) proposed changes to the fuel economy advertising guide, and provided specific comments for additional clarification regarding single mileage ratings, plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) ratings, and non-Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates.
September 2, 2016
As we head into our last big holiday weekend of the summer, we learned some bad news that we lost 35,092 people in traffic crashes in 2015. That is the most traffic fatalities since 2008. Let’s go to NHTSA’s press release announcing the statistics: “NHTSA also noted human factors continued to contribute to the majority of crashes. Almost half of passenger vehicle occupants killed were not wearing seat belts. Research shows almost one in three fatalities involved drunk drivers or speeding. One in 10 fatalities involved distraction.” There’s a silver lining in this cloud, and it’s that there...
August 26, 2016
Global Automakers Files Comments with FCC in Opposition to Request for Emergency Stay of Operation in 5.9GHz Band
The Association of Global Automakers, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, and the Intelligent Transportation Society of America filed comments opposing the petition for rulemaking and request for emergency stay filed by Public Knowledge and Open Technology Institute at New America with regard to the operation of DSRC in the 5.9GHz band. The requests of both petitioners are without merit, and the petition should be denied. The Federal Communications Commission should deny the Petitioners’ request to conduct a rulemaking to establish privacy and cybersecurity rules for Dedicated Short...
August 15, 2016
The Association of Global Automakers sent a letter to California legislative leadership in opposition to a last minute proposal that would: (A) require that at least 15 percent of all new vehicles sold in California be zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) by 2025, (B) require that 100 percent of all new vehicles sold in California be ZEVs by 2050, and (C) cut plug-in hybrid vehicles out of the ZEV program. The legislation has been introduced by Assemblymember Autumn Burke and backed by Tesla Motors. The proposal would favor Tesla's products over others than have been instrumental in reducing...
August 10, 2016
Traverse City, Michigan hosted two conferences on the auto industry last week: one that I read about, and one that I attended. The one that I read about laid bare differences among regulators and the auto industry about the possibility of reaching ambitious goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, commonly expressed in miles per gallon figures. The one I attended revealed some interesting, and possibly productive, areas of agreement among regulators and the auto industry as to how we might work together to achieve our policy goals. I hesitate to get bogged down into a discussion of...