GM bows to California’s vehicle emissions authority

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General Motors has agreed to recognize California’s authority to set vehicle emission rules under the Clean Air Act as the Detroit automaker aims to be eligible for California’s fleet purchases.

General Motors made the commitment to recognize California’s authority in a letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom, Reuters reports.

General Motors had stopped supporting Trump administration’s efforts to bar California from setting its own emissions rules upon the election Joe Biden as president.

GM announced in January plans to eliminate tailpipe emissions from new light-duty vehicles by 2035.
This falls in line with California’s pledge to ban the sale of new gasoline powered passenger vehicles starting in 2035.

California plans to halt all purchases of new vehicles for state government fleets from GM, Toyota and other automakers backing former President Donald Trump in the tailpipe emissions battle.

General Motors has been in the good books of California as the car maker had previously backed overall emissions reductions in California’s 2019 deal with rivals Ford Motor, Volkswagen, Honda and others.