US manufacturers and importers spent in 2017 $ 49 million to lobby for interests related to fuel economy. In particular, it is about making changes to the standard, which provides for by 2025 to reduce the average fuel consumption produced in the country of cars to 4.3 liters per 100 kilometers. This is reported by the non-profit organization The Center for Responsive Politics.
The five largest lobbyists from the auto industry were headed by General Motors – the concern, a significant part of whose profits is formed due to sales of SUVs and pickups, spent 8.64 million dollars. Following it, Toyota spent 5.79 million, Ford – 4,295,718, Fiat Crysler Automotive – 4,270,000, and Honda – 3,265,330 dollars.
During the same period Tesla’s spending on lobbying amounted to 740 thousand dollars, and Mazda – only 90 thousand. Total costs of Nissan, Daimler, Volkswagen, Hyundai, Kia, Tata, BMW and Lucid amounted to 8.2 million dollars.
How effective were the lobbying efforts of the producers learn in March. That’s when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) plans to release new standards for fuel economy.
The legislation of the European Union also provides for the establishment of mandatory targets for the emission of harmful substances and fuel consumption. For 2015, they were 5.6 liters per 100 kilometers for gasoline vehicles and 4.9 liters for diesel. By 2021, the average fuel consumption should be 4.1 and 3.6 liters, respectively.