DETROIT— General Motors Co. will no longer back the Trump administration in its legal battle to strip California’s authority to set its own fuel-efficiency regulations, saying GM’s goals for green cars are aligned with the state and the incoming Biden administration.
In October 2019, GM intervened in a lawsuit filed by environmental groups challenging the Trump administration’s decision to revoke a federal waiver that allows California to set its own tailpipe-emissions standards. GM was joined by Toyota Motor Corp. , Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and other car companies in siding with the administration’s view that federal regulators should set the rules, not individual states.
On Monday, GM said it has withdrawn from that lawsuit and encouraged other auto makers to follow, saying it sees a route to compromise on tailpipe-emission rules.
“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,” reads a letter GM released from Chief Executive Mary Barra to the environmental groups that brought the suit.
Toyota said it is assessing its position in light of changing circumstances. Fiat Chrysler didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.