By David Shepardson
WASHINGTON, Nov 18 (Reuters) – California said on Monday it will halt all purchases of new vehicles for state government fleets from GM, Toyota, and Fiat Chrysler and other automakers backing President Donald Trump in a battle to strip the state of authority to regulate tailpipe emissions.
Between 2016 and 2018, California purchased $58.6 million in vehicles from General Motors Corp, $55.8 million from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles $10.6 million from Toyota Motor Corp and $9 million from Nissan Motor Co.
Last month, GM, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and members of the Global Automakers trade association backed the Trump administration’s effort to bar California from setting tailpipe standards, which are more rigid than Washington’s proposed national standards.
The automakers declined or did not immediately comment on California’s announced ban on purchases of their vehicles.
Starting in January, the state will only buy from automakers that recognize California’s legal authority to set emissions standards. Those automakers include Ford Motor Co, Honda Motor Co, BMW AG, and Volkswagen AG, which struck a deal with California in July to follow revised state vehicle emissions standards.
“Carmakers that have chosen to be on the wrong side of history will be on the losing end of California’s buying power,” California Governor Gavin Newsom said in a statement.
California purchased $69.2 million in vehicles from Ford over the three-year-period, $565,000 from Honda and none from the German automakers.
The state also disclosed it will immediately no longer allow state agencies to buy sedans powered by an internal combustion engine, with exemptions for certain public safety vehicles.
California’s vehicle rules have been adopted by 13 other states.