Stellantis has said it might eliminate about 3,500 jobs at two Jeep production facilities in the US offering more details on cuts the automaker has said were necessary because stricter emission standards in several states would slow sales of petrol powered vehicles.

According to Bloomberg, the automaker plans to start axing about 1,200 positions in early February at its Jeep assembly complex in Toledo, Ohio, according to a notice posted last Friday to a state website.

Jodi Tinson, a Stellantis spokeswoman, told Bloomberg the company had also filed a notice with Michigan warning of as many as 2,455 job cuts at a facility in Detroit. However, the totals for both locations are likely to be lower because of the “complexity of our bargaining agreement” with organised [unionised] labour, she added.

Bloomberg noted Stellantis had said last week it was cutting production at the Detroit location which makes Jeep Grand Cherokee sport utility vehicles and hybrids, and trimming jobs in Toledo, where it produces the Wrangler SUV and Jeep Gladiator pickup.