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The proposal released by the EPA and Department of Transportation includes a range of options for the public to comment on, but the administration favors freezing fuel economy standards at the 2020 level - roughly 35 mpg - saying it will lower the purchase price of many new vehicles by an average of $2,300.

Federal data show the increased cost consumers would pay for the more efficient vehicles is dwarfed by the amount of money they would save at the pump, undermining the argument that drivers will stay in older, unsafe vehicles, advocates for the tougher rules say. That rule - hammered out with states, the EPA, and auto makers - called for increasing fuel economy standards to 54.5 miles per gallon for model years 2022 through 2025. "Safety is up, fuel economy is up and sales are up".

Trump administration officials have fought for weeks behind the scenes over the details of the how to relax Obama-era standards. The administration also believes the change will shave about 7 or 8 percent off the cost of a new auto in the coming years, a savings of around $2,300.

A group of 20 state attorneys general announced their intent to sue the government over the EPA's proposed rules, arguing that the new guidelines would cost Americans up to $236 billion in gas and add the equivalent of emissions from 400 million cars.

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Tesla also said it was working on a new version of its Autopilot semi-autonomous software that would have greater safety features. The growth came as Tesla delivered more than 40,000 cars in the quarter, including about 18,000 Model 3s .

The prospect of an extended legal fight has discomfited automakers, who had asked the administration to relax the Obama-era rules but don't want to see the US market split in two, with different models of cars required in blue and red states.

Most automakers haven't had time to react to the proposal, but Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said the "proposed rule recognizes that assumptions made in 2012 about consumer preferences have fundamentally shifted in 2018".

"Everyone loses at the end", says Simon Mui, a senior scientist at the environmental nonprofit NRDC and the California lead for the organizations' clean vehicles and fuels, climate, and energy program.

"If the President thinks he can win this fight, he's out of his mind".

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California - which is playing a world-leading role in setting aggressive climate goals and building strong coalitions of partners committed to curbing carbon pollution in both the United States and around the globe - will convene the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco in September.

"The clean vehicle standards are already saving our families billions at the pump, supporting almost 300,000 American jobs, and cleaning up unsafe tailpipe pollution", said Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council. The proportion of passengers killed in cars that are older than 18 years is nearly double that of cars that are newer than three years, according to a recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study.

Transportation experts question the reasoning behind the proposal. "Maine wants cleaner cars nationwide because upwind pollution matters so much to us, so we've done our part by using the best clean auto standards available". A dozen other states and Washington DC also follow higher standards. "Their own numbers don't even support what I consider the deceptive messaging they're trying to pass on to people". "We urge California and the federal government to find a common-sense solution that sets continued increases in vehicle efficiency standards while also meeting the needs of America's drivers".

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