Washington, D.C. — August 31, 2016 — In a recent press release, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced a joint effort that will affect future models of cars and light trucks. According to this statement, the new draft report addresses emissions standards for some vehicles, building off of standards introduced four years ago.
Participating government groups include the Department of Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resource Board. The new Technical Assessment Report, announced in the release, also promotes newer technology for more efficient fuel use and lower emissions rates.
The source said that more than 100 types of vehicles currently meet standards up to at least 2020. The new report addresses model years between 2022 and 2025, and reportedly established that some of the technology they advocate won’t cost as much as previously thought.
Dr. Mark Rosekind, safety administrator for the NHTSA, praised the progress of the car industry in the statement, noting the existing changes designed to help save money and fuel.
“The draft report supports that the administration’s fuel economy program can continue to incentivize innovation and reduce fuel consumption while also ensuring that consumers can continue to choose the vehicles they want to drive,” Rosekind said. “The agencies welcome public comments to assist the agencies’ analysis and decision-making.”
One of the most widely known emissions actions from the NHTSA involves the Volkswagen recalls, as the manufacturer still struggles to respond in the aftermath of its emissions cheating scandal. Bloomberg reports that the company has established a settlement for $15.3 billion after its use of “defeat devices” became known.
Although the company could use up to $10 billion as part of the repurchasing program, there is no official fix announced for the vehicles, at least as of 2009.