California wants more electric cars. The Trump administration doesn’t. Automakers are in the hot seat

E-Golf electric cars hang in the assembly line of a Volkswagen factory

E-Golf electric cars hang in the assembly line of a Volkswagen factor in Dresden, Germany, which opened last year. Environmental advocates say the U.S. risks falling behind Europe and Asia in producing electric cars as the Trump administration eases pressure on automakers (Jens Meyer / AP)

WASHINGTON — An intensifying clash between California and Washington over getting cleaner, more fuel-efficient vehicles on the road has put auto companies in a bind as they contemplate what cars they should be rolling onto showroom floors. The signals to automakers couldn’t conflict more: California, with the nation’s largest auto market, is stepping up pressure to…

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