A broad-based coalition of automakers and suppliers in the US has pledged to work with the Biden administration on a national program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The statement from the Alliance for Automotive Innovation - whose members represent the manufacturers producing 99% of the cars and light trucks sold in the US - said the US auto industry is "aligned with the Biden Administration's goals to achieve net-zero carbon transportation and an accelerated shift to electric-drive vehicles, and is committed to working with the administration on a revised national program that includes California, brings all automakers under a unified set of common requirements and ensures a level, competitive playing field."

"Our goal is to work collaboratively with the administration to achieve greater environmental improvements than current requirements, sooner, while providing benefits for consumers, creating opportunities for job creation, and strengthening our nation's economy," said John Bozzella, President and CEO of the Alliance for Automotive Innovation.

The Alliance for Automotive Innovation said it wants to start a discussion with the Biden Administration centred on three main areas:

  • A revised national program that includes California, brings all automakers under a unified set of common requirements and ensures a level, competitive playing field;
  • It said the program should achieve improvements in GHG emissions roughly midway between current standards and those of the former Obama Administration, and balance environmental progress, safety, affordability, innovation, and jobs; and
  • The revised, industry-wide national program should take the opportunity to modernize the current regulatory approach to focus on GHG emissions, which presents one of the most pressing environmental policy goals the nation faces. It should also support vehicle electrification in the market, with a range of compliance incentives, including expanded multipliers for electrification, and reforms that will be complemented by other important federal, state, and local investments and policies that support the transition to a zero-emission future.