California will no longer buy cars made by automakers aligned with Trump against clean air – Electrek

The California state government has fired back against the Trump administration’s attempt to destroy the state’s emission regulations by banning the state government and agencies from buying most gas-powered cars and vehicles made by the few automakers siding with Trump.

Trump’s EPA is rolling back previously agreed-upon stricter emission regulations for the auto industry that would have forced automakers to produce more efficient vehicles, including electric cars.

California had already implemented its own stricter regulations, but the Trump administration is seeking to block California from enforcing its own regulations.

It’s going to be a long legal battle, but both sides are not sitting idle in the meantime.

As we previously reported, BMW, Ford, Honda, and VW struck a deal with California, but GM, Toyota, and FCA sided with Trump in an attempt to keep selling more polluting vehicles without being penalized.

Now California is fighting back against those automakers.

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration enacted a new directive preventing the state government and state agencies from buying gas-powered vehicles except for public safety vehicles.

It should give a boost to electric vehicle sales for government fleets, but in order to more directly affect the automakers who are fighting the state’s clean air regulations, they are also banning the state government from buying cars from those automakers.

The Sacramento Bee reported:

“The new rules announced Friday also require that starting next year state agencies only buy vehicles from manufacturers that recognize California’s ability to set its own air pollution standards, a power the Trump administration is trying to revoke.”

Newsom commented on the directive in a written statement:

“Car makers that have chosen to be on the wrong side of history will be on the losing end of California’s buying power. In court, and in the marketplace, California is standing up to those who put short-term profits ahead of our health and our future.”

The California government operates a fleet of over 50,000 cars and trucks.

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Electrek’s Take

Obviously, it’s a drop in the bucket since the government fleet is not that big, but I like that they are going directly after the automakers who are siding with Trump.

There’s no excuse for it. They are not fast enough to go electric so regulators need to drag them into the future and they are lobbying against it.

These automakers are currently on the wrong side of history. The crazy part is that they either already know it and if they don’t they will realize it quick.

It will be interesting to see if people will remember though. I doubt they will.

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