California Fuel Standards Become Tougher!

April 15, 2017

In a recent poll, the air regulators in California cast their vote in favor of keeping the tough vehicle emissions standards for a bit longer. California is generally considered to be a state with strict vehicle emissions standards. As per the unanimous voting by the Air Resources Board, the standards will continue to be implemented until the year 2025.

What Will Happen?

These standards were originally designed to remain intact until 2022. This was also a point made by the United States Environmental Protection Agency when it operated under the Obama administration. But like always, the clash of the two governments was evident. This can be said with surety because the new President Donald Trump expressed his interest in reexamining the regulations regarding fuel standards.

The current POTUS plans on making the requirement of fuel mileage uniform for all of the auto manufacturers in the United States. This has ignited a debate among those that advocate this plan and those that don’t.

The Irony

It was, in fact, this move by Trump that has led the state to continue with the current tough standards in place. It is ironically believed by a majority that this move will reap greater benefits for the environment. In addition to that, continuing with them will also let consumers save a good share of their hard-earned income. Mary D. Nichols—Board Chairman—said,

“The program is delivering cleaner cars that save consumers money and are fun to drive. That’s how we do it in California,”

Standards in Place

These standards are not new to a lot of states. Those like Massachusetts and New York have already implemented them along with several other Northeastern states. As per the standards, every new truck or car on the road by the year 2025 will yield a 36 miles-per-gallon average. This 36 mpg will be not be simulated, rather, will be a part of the real world.

This was not all that was discussed at the Riverside meeting. In addition to the fuel economy, the board also cast their votes to have zero-emission vehicles in California. The plan is that by 2030, California should have around 4 million of such vehicles on the road. Furthermore, another point raised was that the greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles should be reduced between 2025 and 2030.

The Concern

A concern that persists among the environmental groups is that the standards affirmed by the Obama administration in order to control the greenhouse emissions will be weakened by the newly established Trump government.

While the targets are set, it is a concern that the auto industry will face quite a bit of difficulty in achieving them: the reason being that the demand for fuel-efficient vehicles seems to be very less as compared to the growing demand for trucks and SUVs.


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