The Latest: California air regulators keep fuel standards

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Posted: Mar 24, 2017 5:50 PM

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California's car-emission standards (all times local):

2:18 p.m.

California air regulators have voted to keep the state's tougher car-emissions standards through 2025 and further expand the market for zero-emission vehicles in the years ahead.

The state's Air Resources Board voted unanimously on Friday at a meeting in Riverside to continue with the standards for 2022 to 2025.

While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Obama administration also recently came out in support of these standards, President Donald Trump recently said he wants to re-examine the rules governing gas mileage.

Standards require new cars and trucks to average 36 miles per gallon in real-world driving conditions by 2025.

The agency says the board also voted to pursue policies to support more than 4 million zero-emission vehicles in California by 2030.

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11:53 p.m. Thursday

A state review has found California is on track to meet its tougher car-emission standards and urges regulators to draft more ambitious environmental targets for the future.

California's Air Resources Board is expected to discuss the standards at a hearing in Riverside on Friday.

Standards now require new cars and trucks to average 36 miles per gallon in real-world driving conditions by 2025.

The state's review of standards for 2022 to 2025 mirrors previous findings by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that the targets are appropriate.

Automakers say the standards could be tough to meet as more people are buying trucks and SUVS.

Advocates say the review is critical following President Donald Trump's decision to re-examine rules governing gas mileage and establish one fuel mileage requirement for U.S. automakers.