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Tesla pushes U.S. to boost fuel economy penalties

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WASHINGTON, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) is pressing President Joe Biden’s administration and a U.S. appeals court to move quickly to hike civil penalties for automakers failing to meet fuel economy requirements.

Electric vehicle maker Tesla sells credits to other automakers to help them meet government vehicle emissions requirements, and says those credits are less valuable due to changes in rules made by former President Donald Trump’s administration. Tesla met virtually on Aug. 30 with officials from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), according to a document filed by the agency last week.

On Aug. 18, the NHTSA issued a notice saying…

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