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    EPA pushes to accelerate electric vehicle adoption before Trump takes over, automakers are not happy

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    With the upcoming inauguration of Donald Trump as President, automakers, or at least the important lobbying groups representing them, see an opportunity to lower the EPA’s fuel emission standards in order to reduce the number of electric cars they have to produce. We reported that an important automaker lobbying group sent a letter to Trump’s transition team just two days after his election claiming that automakers cannot produce zero-emission cars at a competitive price and requesting more lenient requirements.

    Now the EPA is rushing to file its midterm review of the standard early in order to put in place the fleet fuel consumption requirement of 54.5 mpg by 2025 before Trump takes over – though the agency claims it’s not what motivated them. While not impossible, it will be much more difficult for Trump’s administration to change the mandate once it’s put in place, and automakers are already expressing concerns. more…

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    Those big carmakers seem insistent on driving themselves towards bankruptcy. Oh well, bye, bye then.
    Short term gaines - with the help of Trump - will inevitably lead to long term losses and the end of their reign. They can't stop the transition that's really on the way now.
     
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      Correct... the (previous) Big 3 would probably not even have survived that long if previous protectionistic regimes would not have been drastically curtailed a couple of decades ago, and when they were forced to improve faced with more competitive, often better quality imports... Competiton forces you to stay awake... and to work harder to raise the bar... Protectionism leads to complacency...!
       
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