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GM to Accept California's Authority under Clean Air Act

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Jan. 12, 2021—General Motors earlier this week said it would recognize California's authority to set vehicle emission standards under the state's Clean Air Act. 

According to a report from the Detroit Free Press, GM sent a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom Sunday that said, among other things, the automaker is "committed to complying with California's regulations."

"GM is joining California in our fight for clean air and emission reduction as part of the company's pursuit of a zero-emissions future," Newsom said in a statement. "This agreement will help accelerate California's nation-leading commitment to tackling the climate crisis. We welcome GM in our clean vehicle revolution."

California local and state government departments can now purchase GM vehicles for their respective fleets with the move. 

The move is the latest in GM's push for cleaner vehicles; the automaker will invest $35 billion in electrification through 2025 and is bringing at least 30 new EVs to its lineup in that time.

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