Ford, BMW, Honda and Volkswagen signed a deal with California’s air pollution regulator to meet more stringent pollution and mileage standards than the Trump administration is proposing. The four automakers represent only about 30% of U.S. new-vehicle sales, but they hope other auto companies will join them in creating single pollution and mileage standards across the country. The Trump administration reacted angrily to the end run around its proposal to roll back both current U.S. and California standards, with an EPA spokesman calling the deal a “PR stunt.” Four major automakers have reached a deal with California to increase gas mileage and greenhouse gas emissions standards, bypassing the Trump administration’s push to freeze requirements at 2021 levels. Ford, BMW, Honda and Volkswagen signed the deal with the California Air Resources Board, the state’s air pollution regulator, which had been at odds with the Trump administration for months. California has said it would exercise its powers to set more stringent pollution and mileage standards than the federal government has proposed. The Trump administration reacted angrily to the end run, with Environmental Protection Agency spokesman Michael Abboud calling it a “PR stunt” and charging that California regulators “continually refused to produce… Read full this story
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