Do you know which state sells the most automobiles? It is California, and their automobile market of two million annual sales of vehicles is roughly the same as Canada’s. California also leads in having ten per cent of all vehicles already electric powered.
As the New York Times reports the size of that state’s vehicular market and the potential for Canada to adopt California’s strict car emission standards may be sufficient to roll back the proposed lower emission standards.
The current President of the United States intends to roll back current emission standards which required carmakers to develop vehicles with an average of 54.5 miles per gallon by the year 2025. A plan to make that standard only 37 miles per gallon would dramatically increase climate change causing greenhouse gases.
In a move described by a political professor as showing that the current Canadian Prime Minister “doesn’t want to appear to be Trump’s poodle”
Justin Trudeau’s government is signing a deal with California to adopt that state’s more stringent vehicular polluting standards. That means that the market for cars in Canada will need to adhere with the higher standards already in place in California. This may be enough to sway automobile makers to maintain the higher standard, with one-third of American states standing behind it as well as Canada.
Canada has traditionally adopted the standards proposed by the American government instead of independently adopting standards proposed by a state. While the move to an adopted state standard of higher emission control could pressure manufacturers to create solely less polluting vehicles, there is also the chance that a two market system would be created. That would be a market where better performing vehicles are sold in Canada and in thirteen states, with the rest of the states going for more pollution emitting vehicles.
Given the administrative challenges with dealing with a two tier automotive emission standard, analysts expect manufacturers to go for the higher standard, ensuring universal transferability of vehicles to all states of America as well as to Canada.
In the continuing American political pollution standards chess game, the current President of the United States intends to rescind the right of states to adopt vehicular pollution standards that are better than that proposed by the federal government. Given California and Canada’s market share, that may be a moot point if higher standard vehicles are already required by adopted policy.
You can view the YouTube video below aptly laying out the issues around the federal lower automobile emission standards.