Auto Dealers Would Face Brunt of Burden Under California Fuel Economy Rules
NADA chairman says a single, national fuel economy standard is a more effective way to cut greenhouse gas emissions
McEleney’s comments came in testimony at a public hearing held by the EPA as it reconsiders the request of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and more than a dozen states to establish their own fuel economy and greenhouse gas programs. McEleney, a multi-franchise dealer in
“Implementing a patchwork of state fuel economy regulations would ultimately pass much of the burden of compliance onto the dealers,” McEleney said.
He predicted that the
“If you look at it closely, the CARB scheme just doesn’t make sense,” McEleney said. “CARB’s regulation exempts any manufacturer that sells less than 60,000 vehicles in
“If the goal is to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and our country’s dependence on foreign oil, then CARB’s fuel economy plan would not be as effective as a single, national fuel economy standard,” McEleney added.
Since 2005, CARB has sought a waiver from the EPA that would permit
McEleney noted that there has been almost no national analysis or scrutiny on how CARB’s rule would actually work in practice, or why such regulation is even necessary since Congress increased the national fuel economy standard by at least 40 percent in 2007.
Hummer is a good example. About 5,000 Hummers are sold each year in
“Hummer, if it became an independent company, would not be regulated at all under the
“In contrast, a single, national fuel economy standard requires all automakers to increase fuel savings and thus more effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” McEleney said. “The American economy is fragile. This is not the time to be taking unnecessary regulatory risks.”
For McEleney’s complete testimony, visit http://www.nada.org/patchwork
- Double Regulated Under Calif. Regs.: BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Nissan, Toyota and General Motors
- Expected to be Exempt from Calif. Regs.: Audi, Hyundai, Isuzu, Jaguar, Kia, Land Rover, Suzuki, Volkswagen and other high-end luxury brands
- May Soon Be Exempt: Chinese automakers, Indian automakers, Daimler, Saturn,* Hummer,* Volvo* and Saab*
* If sold to an operator selling a total of less than 60,000 vehicles on average in
SOURCE National Automobile Dealers Association