What Will Reduced EPA Fuel Economy Standards Mean For Electric Cars?

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Earlier this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rejected official fuel economy standards set for 2022-2025 by the previous administration. Calling them unrealistic and inappropriate, the head of the EPA Scott Pruitt also hinted that the EPA would be looking to examine the current waiver the state of California has which allows it to set tougher fuel economy and emissions standards than the rest of the U.S.

It, like the Obama-era CAFE standards, is in danger of being eliminated completely.

But while politicians and environmentalists argue about the dropping of these standards, what does it all mean for electric vehicles? After all, lower fuel economy standards means that there’s less pressure on automakers to make electric cars. And if California is prevented from setting its own standards, the pressure currently set by the zero emission mandate could be eliminated, meaning automakers may not even want to produce electric cars any more.

Or will they? After all, the rest of the world is pushing for tougher fuel standards.

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