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California refuses to buy cars made by pro-Trump manufacturers


The governor of California announced that starting next year, authorities will no longer buy cars from General Motors, Toyota and Fiat Chrysler. State authorities attribute this to the fact that companies did not support local initiatives to combat climate change, but sided with federal authorities and President Donald Trump.

“Automakers who deliberately chose the historically wrong path will experience the full power of California’s purchasing power,” state governor Gavin Newsom said. “California will stop buying vehicles from companies that refused to protect our air and chose Donald Trump’s regression approach.”

It is about recognizing the right of the California Environmental Protection Agency (CARB) to set emission standards for cars sold in California.

In July, Ford, Honda, Volkswagen and BMW reached an agreement with CARB, promising to sell low-fuel and emission models in the state from 2026 to spread the practice to other states of the country.

General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota and Nissan did not sign this agreement, and at the end of October they joined the lawsuit of the federal government against the state of California, which wants to prohibit regional authorities to independently establish requirements for car efficiency and exhaust emissions.

California authorities believe that failure to purchase cars from General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota and Nissan for local services could significantly affect the sales of companies.

According to data for 2018, state authorities purchased 2,672 cars for a total of $ 74 million. Chevrolet, part of GM, was the first in terms of purchases (36.6% and $ 27 million). In second place are Ford cars - a share of 24.2%, followed by cars of the brand RAM, which is part of the Fiat Chrysler(10.7%), then - Nissan - 6.6%, and Toyota - 4.9%.

Thus, car purchases from companies that later did not support the more stringent requirements of the California authorities for emissions and efficiency, in 2018 amounted to more than half of all purchased by the state authorities.

source: latimes.com