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The United States is returning to the softer emission standards for Trump-era cars

The United States is returning to the softer emission standards for Trump-era cars


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The United States is withdrawing its emission standards for Trump-era cars. The Environmental Controller EPA has announced new requirements that would allow automakers to reduce CO2 emissions from their cars by almost 23 percent more than the standards set under President Donald Trump.

It was previously clear that the Joe Biden government wanted to reintroduce tougher rules. The EPA had already come up with a proposal in August, but the requirements were slightly lower than the plans now offered. At the time, that previous project was still heavily criticized by environmental organizations.

Experts say the new requirements, which will apply to passenger cars, SUVs and light trucks in the model years from 2023 to 2026, will come into effect in 60 days, which is tougher than ever. However, there are a number of incentives that give car manufacturers greater flexibility to meet needs.

The new standards are expected to boost sales of electric cars. The move should help Biden fulfill its promise to halve greenhouse gas emissions in the world’s largest economy by the end of the decade. However, this will require several additional steps.

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