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Major automakers back tough US vehicle emissions regulations in court battle

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March 30, 2022

By David Shepardson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Major U.S. and foreign automakers backed the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new stricter vehicle emissions regulations in a court challenge by some states and ethanol groups on Wednesday.

Texas and 15 other states have challenged the EPA’s vehicle emissions rules, which reverse a rollback of exhaust rules enacted under former President Donald Trump.

The Alliance for Automotive Innovation, which represents nearly all major automakers, said in a court filing that the EPA rule “will challenge the industry” but offers automakers “crucially important flexibilities.”

The automakers, the group added, want to ensure that “critical regulatory provisions supporting electric vehicle technology are met.”

The states are joined by some corn and soybean growers’ associations, the American Fuel And Petrochemical Manufacturers, and others. Corn growers, a subsidiary of Valero Energy, and other ethanol producers said new EPA rules revising emissions requirements by 2026 “effectively mandate the production and sale of electric cars instead of internal combustion engine cars.”

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit, which was joined by Ohio, Alabama, Arkansas, Alaska, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Utah. The state of Arizona filed a separate legal challenge.

The automakers, which include General Motors Volkswagen AG, Toyota Motor Corp, Hyundai Motor and Chrysler’s parent company Stellantis, said in the court filing that “the transition must be supported by regulatory stability. If the outcome of the legal dispute remains in question over a longer period of time … (car manufacturers) could be confronted with lost investments and planning uncertainties.”

The new regulations, which come into force in September and require a 28.3% reduction in vehicle emissions by 2026, aim to accelerate the US transition to more electric vehicles.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Friday will announce its final parallel revisions to regulations on average company fuel economy through 2026, Reuters reported. Separately, the NHTSA confirmed Sunday that it has completed a dramatic increase in fines for automakers that fail to meet regulatory standards.

(Reporting by David Shepardson, Editing by Chris Reese, Bernard Orr)

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