California, Connecticut and Maryland have demonstrated the greatest commitment toward developing an electric vehicle market among states that mandate automakers hit sales targets for zero-emission vehicles, according to a stakeholder group.
The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers has written nine governors whose states follow California's ZEV program asking for tangible steps to help increase sales, including more investments in EV charging infrastructure, expanded consumer incentives such as tax credits, and a commitment to buy more ZEVs for state and local government vehicle fleets.
The Tesla Model X that crashed in California while being guided by its semiautonomous driving system sped up to 71 mph in the seconds before the vehicle slammed into a highway barrier, federal investigators said.
California and the auto industry mostly agree that the state should maintain a role in setting emissions standards despite Trump administration efforts to curb its authority, according to the head of the California Air Resources Board.
A draft Trump administration proposal to ease automobile efficiency standards calls for revoking California's unique authority to set its own limits, a move that would set off an explosive battle with the nation's most populous state, Bloomberg reported.
As the head of CARB, Mary Nichols is arguably California's most powerful weapon in its war with President Donald Trump over the state's plan to combat climate change and have automakers toe the California line.
President Trump pressed automakers to build more vehicles in America and launched a fresh attack on NAFTA, which has benefited the companies, while auto executives urged him to work with California to keep nationwide vehicle emissions standards.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne said proposed changes to automotive rules by the U.S. government may prompt the Italian-American automaker to shift exports of the company's Mexican-made vehicles.
Two Democratic lawmakers asked EPA chief Scott Pruitt for documents related to proposed changes to vehicle fuel emission standards and California's authority to set its own measures, and accused him of misleading Congress of the agency's plans.
A group of congressional Democrats representing California urged the state's pension system to divest stock from any automaker that follows the Trump administration's plan to relax light-vehicle emissions standards.