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Suppliers seeks to minimize changes to fuel economy rules



Auto suppliers, emission-control companies and advanced-material manufacturers are forming a coalition to thwart any large-scale attempt by the Trump administration to reverse current auto emissions and fuel economy standards.


Car companies petitioned the Trump administration last year to reopen a review of stricter standards established by joint agreement with industry for model years 2022 to 2025. They argued the EPA under President Obama rushed to lock in the standards, designed to curb greenhouse gases, 15 months ahead of schedule and that the review failed to include the most current data on consumer preferences, sales trends, technology costs and other factors.


Environmentalists are worried administration officials, working under instructions to reduce regulations on business, will scrap the EPA’s final determination and propose new rules that lower the standards or extend the deadline for compliance.


Suppliers are banding together to oppose such a move, too, basing their case on economics. They argue the mandate has contributed to job growth in the emission-control technology field and that they need predictable rules to justify investments. Significant loosening of the standards would also erode U.S. leadership in development of advanced vehicle technologies.


“To continue growing jobs in this sector, and making forward progress on reducing pollution as we have for the last 40 years, our companies need a steady path,” said Chris Miller, executive director of the Advanced Engine Systems Institute, in a statement.

“We want all the regulators to work together and with the stakeholders again so we have clear and stable long-term policy direction that creates market opportunities for our companies to develop and deploy advanced-vehicle technologies that will help achieve the nation’s energy and environmental goals.”



On Thursday, AESI, along with the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association, the Manufacturers of Emission Controls Association, and the Aluminum Association, announced they are joining forces as the Automotive Technology Leadership Group to advocate for continued progress on reducing emissions and oil consumption.

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