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Auto Industry’s Calls to Roll Back Vital EV Rules is a Dangerous Distraction

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Major automakers called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) not to approve California’s waiver for its Advanced Clean Cars II Regulations. The Alliance for Automotive Innovation, an industry group representing major automakers Ford, General Motors, Toyota, and more, on Wednesday asked the EPA to roll back the timeline that California has imposed on the state’s plans to allow only low-emissions and zero-emission vehicles to be sold in the state beginning in 2035. Chelsea Hodgkins, senior zero-emission vehicle advocate with Public Citizen’s Climate Program, issued the following statement: 

“Yet again, the Alliance for Automotive Innovation is using decades-old tactics to spread misinformation, rather than facts, to delay life-saving rules. It’s unfortunate, but not surprising: the Alliance for Automotive Innovation was the fourth-highest spender on vehicle-related lobbying from 2019-2023.

Not only are the rules feasible—as referenced by California exceeding EV sales targets last year—but they are critical for fighting the climate crisis. This is why 12 states and DC have decided to follow California’s footsteps. Enough is enough.”

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