Automakers strike deal with California on vehicle emissions standards

For Immediate Release

WASHINGTON -- In response to the Trump administration’s rollback of the Clean Car Standards, four automakers and California struck a deal today to reduce tailpipe pollution. Representing 30 percent of the U.S. auto market, Ford, Honda, Volkswagen and BMW have agreed to increase fuel efficiency to 50 miles per gallon by 2026.

As originally written, the Clean Car Standards would have doubled fuel economy, and would have cut global warming pollution in half for cars sold in 2025. The Trump administration is attempting to freeze fuel efficiency, while also challenging states’ authority under the Clean Air Act to adopt stronger tailpipe pollution standards. 

Morgan Folger, Environment America’s Clean Cars campaign director, released the following statement: 

“The Clean Car Standards are the best climate programs we have on the books. Today’s agreement is a step in the right direction, and we commend California for standing up for states’ ability to protect the health of their citizens.

“The Trump administration’s plan to weaken the standards is like driving in reverse: it will increase air pollution in our communities, force drivers to spend more at the pump, and worsen the climate crisis.

“As the federal government hits the brakes, states must continue to step up in order to stave off the worst impacts of climate change.”