Tesla has asked the United States Court of Appeals to immediately reinstate fines if it fails to meet fuel consumption standards. These laws, which were enforced during the Obama presidency, were postponed to the 2022 model cars when Trump took office.
The California automaker believes the temporary suspension of these laws is illegal and reduces the value of incentives for electric vehicle makers, including Tesla.
You may know that as environmental laws become more stringent, Tesla is turning to the pollution credit business, making huge profits. The company, for example, earned $ 1.5 billion from credit sales to other automakers last year. Given this, it must be said that the change in Trump’s policy and the repeal of the Obama-related laws have cost Tesla dearly, and the company is somehow upset about this!
But the point is that the government should not be in a hurry to revive these laws and believes that the existing processes should be completed naturally. These processes are expected to take about six months, and if the court agrees, automakers will not be required to pay heavy fines if they do not meet CAFE standards.
Previously, it was planned to increase the fine for new cars from $ 5.50 to $ 14 for 0.04 liters more fuel consumption per kilometer. This figure is based on inflation, as the original amount of the fine was $ 5 and has only increased once in the last five decades.
Traditional automakers are worried about increased fines. Stalantis is one of those carmakers that may become one of the biggest losers. It is not bad to know that the subsidiaries of this company have paid $ 79 million due to non-compliance with the 2017 fuel consumption standards. The company estimates that fines could rise to $ 590 million if standards become more stringent.