In a statement delivered to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), CFA Senior Fellow Mark Cooper applauded the agency’s work on reversing the previous Administration’s roll-back of fuel economy standards. Recognizing the agency was limited in it’s ability to ramp up standards due to statutory time lines laid out in the Energy Independence and Security Act (or EISA).
However, Cooper went on to detail the hard work that lays ahead. One major challenge is that the agency must accelerate a transition in technology to an all-electric fleet, a transformation to which many of the automakers have already committed. Therefore, the agency is not “mandating” a technology, it is seeking to smooth and accelerate its adoption.