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MEMA Statement on U.S. EPA Pre-2026 Vehicle GHG Emissions Rule

Date: December 20, 2021
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final rule revising the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for passenger vehicle model years through 2026. While the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) is still reviewing the details of the final rule, the rule includes targets that are ambitious but can be supported with currently available technologies realized by long-term vehicle supplier resource commitments and investments.

The rule’s framework encourages a wide range of electrification technologies, while also requiring further technology advances and innovation to the internal combustion engine (ICE). EPA’s standards are supported by necessary flexibilities, such as the off-cycle technology and the A/C efficiency credit programs. 

Vehicle suppliers, the largest sector of manufacturing jobs in the nation, take on substantial risk by leading the automotive and commercial vehicle industry’s research, development, and deployment of advanced technologies. Consequently, a program that incentivizes a broad spectrum of advanced technologies is critical to the health, longevity, and competitiveness of vehicle suppliers.

MEMA looks forward to working collaboratively with EPA on the standards for post-2026. MEMA supports a post-2026 program that allows multiple pathways for compliance and utilizes a broad spectrum of propulsion technologies. As the nation transitions toward a cleaner future, diverse advanced technologies will help maintain the appropriate balance among industry competitiveness, consumer choice, and vehicle affordability, while also strengthening the American workforce and the vehicle supplier industry.

Vehicle suppliers stand ready to help meet the administration’s goal of having 50 percent of passenger cars and light trucks sold in 2030 be zero emissions vehicles (ZEVs). MEMA urges the Biden Administration to prepare the nation for this advanced transportation future by continuing to advance cohesive, comprehensive polices that address both supply and demand for a range of these technologies.

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Staff contact:
Laurie Holmes
Senior Director, Environmental Policy
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