General Motors is changing course and will no longer back President Donald Trump's effort to stop California from setting its own emissions rules in an ongoing court fight.
GM CEO Mary Barra said GM is withdrawing from the preemption litigation between California, the Trump Administration and other non-government groups.
The move comes days after GM said it is increasing the number of electric vehicles it will bring to market. GM will offer 30 new EVs by 2025, up from its previous goal to offer 20 by 2023.
Barra said GM's EV goals align with President-Elect Joe Biden's endorsement of EVs.
In a letter from Barra to 11 environmental leaders, she wrote, "We are confident that the Biden Administration, California and the U.S. auto industry, which supports 10.3 million jobs, can collaboratively find the pathway that will deliver an all-electric future. To better foster the necessary dialogue, we are immediately withdrawing from the preemption litigation and inviting other automakers to join us."
Barra said GM is "inspired" by Biden’s Build Back Better plan, which looks to expand EV adoption, create 1 million jobs, install 550,000 charging stations and "position American autoworkers and manufacturers to win the race for electrification."
Biden, California and GM "are aligned to address climate change" by reducing emissions, Barra also wrote.
U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, said GM did the right thing by dropping out of "this misguided lawsuit." Dingell said other automakers should follow GM's lead.
"We need all stakeholders to come to the table and work on a path forward," Dingell said in a statement. "The need for one national program for fuel economy, which increases targets year-over-year and delivers on the twin goals of giving the industry certainty while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, remains as urgent as ever."
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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