Brian Wynne, president of the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA), issued the following statement in response to the release of the Obama administration's final rule on fuel economy standards for cars and light-duty trucks by Model Year 2025:
"EDTA is encouraged by the recognition from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) of the importance of electric drive in achieving the nation's fuel economy goals and of its "game-changing" potential. While we are just beginning to analyze the full details, the rule does establish critical regulatory incentives to help manufacturers build their electric drive fleets.
"Battery, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell electric drive technologies are critical tools in reducing our nation's dependence on foreign oil and greenhouse gas emissions while bolstering the economy. These technologies utilize ample, affordable and domestic electricity which can be used in many configurations, in combination with conventional and alternative fuels, giving automakers flexibility in meeting these new standards. EDTA is conducting further analysis of the rule and looks forward to continuing our communication with the EPA and DOT on the best ways to achieve our common goals."