California stated Monday it would halt all purchases of latest autos for state government fleets from GM, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and other auto manufacturers backing U.S. President Donald Trump in a fight to strip the state of authority to regulate tailpipe emissions.
Between 2016 and 2018, California bought $58.6 million in automobiles from General Motors, $55.8 million from Fiat Chrysler, $10.6 million from Toyota Motor, and $9 million from Nissan Motor.
Last month, GM, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler, and members of the Global Auto-manufacturers trade association strengthened the Trump administration’s effort to bar California from setting its emission requirements that are significantly more stringent than the Trump Administration proposal’s preferred option.
GM spokesperson Jeannine Ginivan mentioned in a statement it was unfortunate that California will cease buying its electric Bolt.
Starting in January, the state will solely buy from auto manufacturers that recognize California’s legal authority to set emissions standards. They embody Ford Motor, Honda Motor, BMW AG and Volkswagen AG, which struck a deal with California in July to follow revised state car emissions standards.
In August, the Justice Department opened an antitrust inquiry into the agreement, and last month sent notices to the four companies.
California purchased $69.2 million in vehicles from Ford over the three-year-interval, $565,000 from Honda, and none from the German auto companies.
The state further disclosed it’ll immediately no longer allow state agencies to purchase fuel-powered sedans, with exemptions for specific public safety autos.