While Ford remains committed to slashing emissions and expanding its all-electric vehicle lineup, one particular lobby group that it belongs to – the Alliance for Automotive Innovation (AAI) – is taking a different approach to proposed rules mandating stricter emissions laws and fuel economy standards. This divergence in opinion prompted a number of environmental groups to recently call on Ford and General Motors to end their affiliation with AAI, but in the meantime, the lobby group is now urging the Biden Administration to make changes to its proposed rules, arguing that as they stand, each would have a big impact on automotive production, according to Reuters.
AAI sent a letter to the Biden Administration last week stating that its proposed rules aimed at increasing the EV sales mix dramatically over the next few years “could prematurely force abandonment of many internal combustion engine vehicles and their associated revenue, reducing the availability of capital necessary for automakers to fund the EV transition.”
AAI CEO John Bozzella added that the proposed final rules expected in early 2024 will “effectively lock in the pace of automotive electrification” and called out “overlapping, duplicative, and sometimes conflicting objectives” in the rules. Additionally, Bozzella said there is a “critical need” for government wide coordination at its upper levels, and questioned if “substantive work to revise the proposed rulemakings” is actually taking place.
Currently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a 56 percent cut in vehicle emissions by 2032, as well as a 67 percent sales mix for EVs by 2032. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed increasing CAFE standards to a fleet-wide average of 58 miles-per-gallon by 2032 with increases of two percent each year for passenger cars and four percent annually for trucks and SUVs.