In today's highly charged political environment, sensationalism and ideological agendas routinely warp reality when it comes to auto policy. Fuel economy is a case in point, and it is sadly all too common to see commentary distorting the views of automakers.
First and foremost, automakers support continued improvements in fuel economy. We support a negotiated settlement with California. And we continue investing billions in zero-emission alternative powertrain technology.
If anything, we are ahead of the market, which has been slower than politicians to embrace electrification. The 12 automakers I represent at the Auto Alliance are making vehicles that are measurably safer, cleaner and more efficient than ever before. Ours is a high-tech success story, pure and simple.
Consumers today can go to their local dealerships and select from about 500 models that achieve 30 mpg or more on the highway. There are 45 hybrid-electric models on sale, and 58 plug-in electric and hydrogen fuel cell models available. Automakers have announced ambitious plans to bring even more electrified models to market. We are driving the marketplace, not reacting to it.
The journey for greater fuel economy — and less carbon emissions — has no end date. We will continue to reach significant fuel economy gains that transcend the Obama administration rules. The only issue is when.