«What this agreement is doing is a much greater incentive for manufacturers to sell electric vehicles.» «These made-up accusations have always been a sham – a blatant attempt by the Trump administration to prevent other automakers from joining California and accept higher emissions standards,» California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom said of the unsuccessful investigation. If he emerges victorious in the presidential election, it seems likely that Joe Biden would try to restore the rules of issuance of the Obama era. But whether Biden or Donald Trump win the White House, these five automakers will meet California standards. The California Air Resources Board announced Monday that it has five individual agreements with automakers that have committed to meeting annual reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from passenger vehicles. Stanley Young, a spokesman for the California Air Resources Council, said the agreement had achieved «continued annual reductions in greenhouse gas emissions while saving money for consumers.» The agreement between the California Air Resource Board (CARB) and Ford Motor Co., Honda of America, BMW of North America and Volkswagen Group of America requires these automakers to further reduce vehicle greenhouse gas emissions by the 2026 model year; calls on Member States to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles; and «provide industry with the security it needs to invest and create jobs.» Other major automakers such as General Motors Co, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and Toyota Motor Corp did not sign up to the California agreement. CARB said the agreement would reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles by 2026 and «encourage innovation to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles, give industry the security it needs to invest and create jobs, and save consumers money.» «We responded voluntarily, but it`s now binding, it`s enforceable,» said Spencer Reeder, director of government affairs and sustainability at Audi of America, who helped negotiate the deal on behalf of Audi`s parent company, Volkswagen. Volunteer contracts continue to use a credit system in which cars and trucks are treated separately, as well as vehicle footprints. Ford said that «the final agreement will reduce emissions in our vehicles at a faster pace, support the production of electrified products, create incentives and create legal certainty.» Automakers, which have sided with California, say their deal will bind them to sell more fuel-efficient and less polluting vehicles in all states, regardless of who is occupying the White House. Major automakers will discuss next steps Tuesday at a virtual meeting of their auto dealer association, a week after General Motors Co abruptly announced it would no longer support the Trump administration`s ongoing efforts to prevent California from setting its own exhaust rules for vehicles. Framework Agreement calls for Trump`s approach to a national standard for greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks Five major automakers have signed a binding agreement with California that will require them to meet the state`s emission standards for motor vehicles.
Its fuel consumption rules are stricter than those of the federal government, which has put the state in conflict with the Trump administration. «This is a constant recognition of California`s role as a leading player in this area and of California`s importance as a automotive market and a leader in emission reduction standards,» said Julia Stein, project manager of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the University of Los Angeles School of Law. The agreement also supports a national program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 30% relative to the distribution of standards between those followed by California and 13 other states and standards