Fuel Economy Standards and Vehicle Emissions Standards don’t seem to go hand in hand at the first instance. However, a recent study report titled “Driving California’s economy” released by the nonprofit research organization Next 10 says it can. Let’s check.
The study points out that the highest passenger vehicle fuel economy and vehicle emissions standards produce the most positive results in terms of Gross State Product, and emissions reductions.
The report indicates that a more efficient passenger vehicle fleet will pave way for significant consumer savings and can, in turn, contribute towards economic growth. Further, clean car technologies can considerably reduce green house gas emissions resulting in economic growth, job creation, and lower energy costs.
The best part of it is that the majority of jobs created by fuel economy savings are in-state service jobs that cannot be outsourced.
Meanwhile, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is busy making rules to set vehicle emission standards for passenger vehicles sold in California for model years 2017-2025. It is also reported to be working with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The agencies are expected to announce the proposed new 2017-2025 fuel economy standards soon.
However, the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA) allows California to set its own vehicle emissions standards and other states can either follow California’s emissions standards or the federal standards. As of now, 14 jurisdictions are following California’s existing standards.