The US government is poised to relax fuel efficiency laws, following through on a pledge made by president Donald Trump.
Rules requiring car manufacturer to achieve an average of 65.5mpg (UK gallons) by 2025 were introduced in the final days of Barack Obama’s presidency.
But in a recent midterm evaluation statement, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt, stated that those standards were ‘not appropriate'. “The Obama administration’s determination was wrong,” he said.
Pruitt’s statement did not give any indications of what the standards would be changed to.
The change is part of President Trump’s ‘business first’ policy drive, which is designed to reduce the number of regulations in US law.
Under the Clean Air Act, the EPA sets US national standards for vehicle tailpipe emissions of certain pollutants.
The state of California has been granted a waiver to impose its own, stricter standards for certain pollutants, but Pruitt has now said that is also under review.