EXCLUSIVE U.S. boost fines for automakers not meeting fuel economy rules in Tesla win


Traffic is seen on a highway in New York, U.S., July 2, 2021. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

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WASHINGTON, March 27 (Reuters) – The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Sunday reinstated a sharp increase in penalties for automakers whose vehicles do not meet fuel efficiency requirements for model years 2019 and beyond.

The decision was a win for Tesla (TSLA.O) that could cost other automakers hundreds of millions of dollars or more.

Confirming an earlier report by Reuters, NHTSA said the decision “increases the accountability of manufacturers for violating the nation’s fuel economy standards” and the penalty increase “incentivizes manufacturers to make fuel economy improvements.”

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