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California Plan Embraced by Ford, VW Had Been Rejected by EPA

  • State clean-air regulator pitched EPA compromise last November
  • Carmaker endorsements highlight unease with EPA’s strategy
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A recent compromise between four major automakers and California’s clean-air regulator on fuel efficiency had already been rejected by the Trump administration months earlier as not “a productive alternative.”

The deal -- which Ford Motor Co., Honda Motor Co., BMW AG and Volkswagen AG announced on July 25 alongside the California Air Resources Board -- eases the pace of annual efficiency improvements required under current Obama-era rules but is tougher than the Trump administration’s proposal to cap mileage requirements at 2020 levels.