In US to release a car the car companies needs to meet a very strong and stringent fuel efficiency standards a fleet average of 54.5MPG through 2025. With Trump being the new president and he is climate change denier so the car companies are looking to loosen things now. Leaders of largest car companies like Hyundai, Nissan, Toyota, Chrysler, Ford, GM, Honda, VW and Fiat have sent a letter to the president of US to reconsider the Obama era administration’s choice to lock in efficiency guidelines for the next several years. in hopes of loosening the regulations the car manufacturers want to revisit the midterm review for the 2025 commitment. The car companies are arguing that these tougher requirements don’t match public buying habits, raise costs and presumably put millions of jobs in danger.
There was still no response from the Trump administration about the letter but EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) nominee Scott Pruitt had said he would return to the Obama-era decision.
The argument of car manufacturer do not really hold up. Due to a customer shift toward SUVs and trucks the US would fall short of efficiency goals estimated by EPA but the claims about jobs are questionable. Why would making cars more environment-friendly cost jobs? This is really a silly thing instead this regulations will push companies to do better. A limited effect will take place even if loosening regulations become successful. All of the brands mentioned here are pushing for greater mainstream adoption of electric vehicles within the next few years, so they will easily meet the regulations only by trying to move customers away from the gas driven cars.
So what are your thoughts on this matter ?