Elon Musk-owned automaker Tesla is urging the Biden administration to adopt stricter fuel economy standards than regulators have proposed.

The move is likely to irritate automakers such as General Motors, Ford and Stellantis. After all, companies face a total fine of $10.5 billion for non-compliance. Companies have already called on regulators to soften their actions.

Tesla’s call is another way for the company to stay ahead of its competitors. In a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Tesla said the agency must finalize rules to raise corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards by 6% annually for passenger cars and 8% annually for trucks and SUVs.

That’s up from NHTSA’s 2% proposal for passenger cars and 4% for trucks and SUVs. This should allow for an average fuel economy of 58 mpg by 2032.

Tesla claims that its proposals will “significantly reduce energy consumption, mitigate climate change.”

In the letter, Tesla also mentions its own technological capabilities, reminding that its proposed fuel standards will lead to better climate results.

Last month, most other automakers called NHTSA’s proposals unreasonable and demanded revision.

To recap, Tesla reached a record 430,000 vehicles produced in the third quarter of 2023.

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