Automakers back core elements of EPA vehicle rule in pending litigation

Source: By Doug Obey, Inside EPA • Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2024

The auto sector’s main trade group and Ford Motor Co. are moving to intervene on behalf of EPA in litigation over the agency’s greenhouse gas and other emissions standards for passenger vehicles, with the trade group defending two major aspects of the rule and Ford pledging a broader defense of EPA’s authority for the standards.

The separate motions to intervene in State of Kentucky et al. v. EPA, pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, are the latest sign that Republican-led states and liquid fuels groups will be spearheading the main attacks against EPA’s measure, which projects significant fleet electrification as a compliance strategy. As they did in litigation over EPA’s prior round of auto GHG standards, automakers are expressing a level of support for EPA’s rulemaking but not necessarily all of its provisions. The Alliance for Automotive Innovation says it seeks to support EPA “with respect to two features of the final rule,” according to its May 20 motion.