by Countable | Updated on 7.25.18
UPDATE — July 25, 2018: The EPA is moving to rescind California’s authority to set its own emission standards for automobiles, including its mandate for electric vehicles.
The proposed rule, expected later this week, would freeze federal vehicle efficiency standards at 35 miles per gallon (mpg), rather than the 50 mpg target for 2025 the Obama administration finalized, as well as revoke California’s waiver to issue its own auto pollution rules.
The rule will likely spur a lengthy court battle. Shortly after the EPA announced in March that it would reconsider the Obama-era auto rules, California and 17 other states sued the agency, followed by a group of electric utilities and automaker Tesla. Major utility trade groups also wrote to the EPA in May asking it to finalize rules that "incorporate policies from California."
UPDATE — June 20, 2018: Colorado is joining the growing list of states that are conforming to California's vehicle emissions standard.
Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia already apply California's rules.
The White House will reportedly meet with California officials and automakers this week in an attempt to hash out an agreement.
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—Sara E. Murphy
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