California drops GM, FCA as companies side with Trump on emissions

November 20, 2019, 6:18 AM

California says it will stop buying General Motors and Fiat-Chrysler vehicles as the companies back the Trump administration in its effort to prevent the state from regulating fuel emissions.

The Detroit News reports:

The California Department of General Services said beginning on Jan. 1, it will only purchase vehicles from carmakers that recognize the California Air Resources Board’s "authority to set greenhouse gas and zero emission vehicle standards, and which have committed to continuing stringent emissions reduction goals for their fleets."

Police departments and other safety agencies can continue to purchase cars from the manufacturers.

GM said in a statement: "It is unfortunate that California has announced it may remove the Chevrolet Bolt EV – the first affordable EV with a range of 259 miles on a single charge – from consideration for its statewide fleet.

If you're just tuning in: Upon taking office, President Donald Trump lifted vehicle emissions standards set by Obama, then had his administration sue the state of California when it tried to keep the old requirements in place. Ford, Volkswagen, and BMW have sided with the state.

The case is currently being adjudicated.

Read more:  Detroit News

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