GM agrees with California on emissions regulations, state plans to buy GM electric vehicles
General Motors said it will recognize California’s authority to set emissions standards for vehicles under the Clean Air Act.
The automaker sent a letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom on Sunday saying it was “obliged to comply with California regulations”.
GM’s move now puts it on the list of automakers eligible for state fleet purchases by the state of California, including purchases of GM’s upcoming electric vehicles, GM said in a press release on Sunday.
Three years ago Newsom announced the state would not buy GM vehicles for its government fleets because GM supported then-President Donald Trump’s efforts to ban California’s own emissions regulations.
“GM is joining California in our struggle for cleaner air and emissions reduction as part of the company’s pursuit of a zero-emissions future,” Newsom said in a statement following GM’s latest move. “This agreement will help accelerate California’s leading commitment to fighting the climate crisis. We welcome GM in our clean vehicle revolution.”
GM will invest $ 35 billion in developing electric vehicles and self-driving cars through 2025. GM’s self-driving subsidiary, Cruise, is currently testing and validating self-driving ridesharing shuttles in San Francisco, and GM CEO Mary Barra said Cruise will bring self-driving cars to market by the middle of the decade.
GM has also promised to bring at least 30 new electric vehicles to market by 2025 and has announced that its entire range of products will be fully electric by 2035.
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In November 2020, shortly after Joe Biden was elected president, GM returned its support for Trump in the battle over exhaust emissions and now says it is “proud” to share California’s vision.
“We believe everyone should have access to affordable, long-range electric vehicles, and we are committed to working with California to achieve an equitable future for transportation,” said Omar Vargas, GM’s vice president and head of global public policy, in a statement .
During the Trump administration, California, 22 other states, and environmental groups had challenged government claims that federal law prohibited California from setting strict emissions standards and zero-emissions mandates.
Ford Motor Co., Honda Motor Co. and Volkswagen AG did not support the Trump administration.
California announced in 2020 that it would ban the sale of new gasoline-powered cars from 2035. The Biden government did not advocate this, but rather set itself the goal of selling 50% of new vehicles that are electric or plug-in hybrids by 2030.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said last year it was working to restore legal authority to California to set emissions rules, including zero-emissions mandates.
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