Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

CleanTechnica

Cars

NHTSA Agrees With Tesla, Increases Fines For Automakers Over CAFE

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has agreed with Tesla in a move that will increase the fines for automakers whose vehicles don’t meet fuel efficiency requirements for model years 2019 and up, Reuters reports.

The NHTSA has reinstated the increase in penalties on this topic which could cost other automakers hundreds of millions of dollars at least. In another report, the NHTSA told Reuters that the decision would increase the accountability for the manufacturers that violated the nation’s fuel economy standards. The NHTSA added that the penalty increase would incentivize them to make fuel economy improvements.

The final rule will take effect 60 days after it’s published. Aside from reinstating the higher penalties, it boosted them for the 2022 model year. It hasn’t collected penalties for the 2019–2021 model years while this was under review. The final rule was signed by the NHTSA’s Deputy Administrator, Steven Cliff, last Thursday.

In a statement on Sunday, Stellantis said that it would “like to work with the administration and Congress to allow the agencies to use the proceeds from penalties to bolster investments in the technologies and infrastructure required to accelerate a robust U.S. market for EVs.”

Tesla has been pushing for stricter penalties, which included tougher penalties for automakers that have failed to meet US fuel economy standards. Many of these automakers have complained that raising the penalties could cost them around $1 billion a year if they fail to comply with the rules. This would lead them to pay higher prices for credits used to meet the rules.

In January, a US appeals court rejected Tesla’s request to reinstate the higher penalties. A group of automakers that opposed Tesla’s requests included General Motors, Toyota, Ford, and Volkswagen. The group seemed a bit worried about Tesla benefitting from the CAFE credits — and for having to pay penalties.

Tesla’s mission is accelerating the transition to sustainability, so it makes sense that it would want automakers to pay higher penalties for making vehicles that don’t meet US fuel economy standards.

 
Don't want to miss a cleantech story? Sign up for daily news updates from CleanTechnica on email. Or follow us on Google News!
 

Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.
Advertisement
 
 

Written By

Johnna owns less than one share of $TSLA currently and supports Tesla's mission. She also gardens, collects interesting minerals and can be found on TikTok

Comments

You May Also Like

Cars

Mark Purcell and his family have just completed a holiday drive, travelling 8000 km from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland to Hobart in Tasmania...

Cars

Large numbers of Tesla Model 3 electric cars were delivered in January 2023 in Australia, making it the best-selling sedan in Australia and the...

Clean Transport

Operations at Tesla’s Sparks, Nevada, plant — its first gigafactory — are set to grow substantially in the coming years, with the company recently...

Cars

France’s auto market saw plugin electric vehicles (EVs) take 22.3% share of new sales in January, up from 17.6% year on year. Full electrics...

Copyright © 2023 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.