General Motors is calling for the Trump administration to require that carmakers regularly increase annual production of battery-powered vehicles.

The Detroit-based company's proposal, modeled after a California program the Trump administration is seeking to undermine, would mandate that manufacturers garner an escalating percentage of total vehicle sales from automobiles powered by electricity or hydrogen fuel cells. The initial benchmark would be set at 7 percent in 2021 and gradually increase to 25 percent by 2030.

The requirements would be less stringent than those in California, but would be imposed across all 50 states. Such a system could result in more than 7 million new electric vehicles on the road by 2030, GM said, ultimately reducing carbon-dioxide emissions by 375 million tons.

The policy would launch "a much-needed national discussion on electric vehicle development and deployment," Mark Reuss, GM's executive vice president of global product development, said in a statement. "A National Zero Emissions Program will drive the scale and infrastructure investments needed to allow the U.S. to lead the way to a zero-emissions future."

The recommendation will be included in comments to the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on a proposed rule that would roll back an Obama-era plan to produce more fuel-efficient vehicles over the next several years.

Known as the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient, or SAFE, Vehicles rule, the Trump proposal includes provisions that would undermine the administration's pledge to be technology-neutral as it develops a regulatory framework for self-driving vehicle technology, some advocates say.