The big US automakers and others announced in October they were joining the Trump Administration’s litigation to stop California from imposing tougher emissions rules and higher mileage requirements than federal standards.
Effective immediately, California would “prohibit purchasing by state agencies of any sedans solely powered by an internal combustion engine, with exemptions for certain public safety vehicles.”
California along with 22 other states and the District of Columbia are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, asking the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to block the Trump administration from stripping it of its long-standing authority to set its own fuel-efficiency standards on cars and trucks.
They are also asking the court to review the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s effort to preempt California’s right to set tailpipe emission standards.
Going forward, California will chiefly purchase cars from Ford, Honda, Volkswagen, and BMW.
California said on Monday it will halt all purchases of new vehicles for state government fleets from GM, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and other automakers backing U.S. President Donald Trump in a battle to strip the state of authority to regulate tailpipe emissions.
Between 2016 and 2018, California purchased $58.6 million in vehicles from General Motors Co (GM.N), $55.8 million from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (FCHA.MI), $10.6 million from Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) and $9 million from Nissan Motor Co (7201.T).
Last month, GM, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and members of the Global Automakers trade association backed the Trump administration’s effort to bar California from setting its own emission standards, which are significantly stricter than the Trump Administration proposal’s preferred option.