Officials argued that the rule could save businesses (and indirect buyers) up to $ 1 billion a year, in line with the arguments of the auto industry lobby group Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. It was alleged that the increased fines would cause "significant economic damage".
Some states (including California and New York) and environmental organizations are arguing. They sued the NHTSA in 201
The regulations are in line with a government that has regularly tried to protect fossil fuels. However, as with previous regulations, they can only have a limited effect, even if they are beyond legal control. Numerous car brands (including some from the Alliance) have committed to electrify large parts of their product range over the next few years, whether through hybrids or all-electric vehicles. Fleet fuel consumption will increase in the near future, but freezing could significantly reduce the incentive to accelerate this process.