The Association of Global Automakers submitted a statement for the record for Thursday’s (6/20/2019) joint hearing of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce and the Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change entitled, “Driving in Reverse: The Administration’s Rollback of Fuel Economy and Clean Car Standards.”

In the statement, Global Automakers addresses:

  • The outcome of the pending Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles final rule represents significant uncertainty and potential complication for our industry. “The auto industry is in the midst of profound transitions and enormous uncertainties: a possible global economic slowdown, a tightening world and U.S. auto market, and trade disputes and restrictions, all during a time when massive investments are needed for electrified and automated transportation. The future of motor vehicle fuel economy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards is one of the most important policy challenges facing the industry today.”
     
  • The reason why various automakers came together and submitted letters to President Trump and Governor Newsom earlier this month. The letters urged “a final rule that continues the industry’s significant progress in improving motor vehicle fuel economy while giving auto companies the flexibility and incentive to invest in next-generation fuel-saving technologies.” 
     
  • The importance of having one national program that includes the state of California. The automakers who sent the letter “hope the result of the rulemaking will be a single nationwide regulatory framework that is streamlined, efficient and ease compliance burdens. Ideally this would result from continued discussions between the federal Administration and California with both sides willing to compromise. But even if that is not possible, we still feel a rule can be finalized that accomplishes these important policy goals.”