Posts Tagged ‘Diesel Emissions’

Diesel Recall Likely Only the Start of VW’s Problems

Caught cheating, German maker facing lawsuits, stock price plunge, possible criminal investigation and billions in fines.

by on Sep.21, 2015

The diesel scandal could cost billions - and set back VW's plans to become world's best-seller.

Accused of cheating on emissions standards, Volkswagen and its upscale Audi brand have been ordered to recall nearly 500,000 diesel cars sold in the U.S. – but that is likely to be only the start of the problems facing the German maker.

Within hours of the announcement from the Environmental Protection Agency, several high-profile law firms had already weighed in, threatening potentially costly class action lawsuits. That’s on top of multi-billion dollar fines Volkswagen could be subject to. The maker may also be targeted by the U.S. Justice Department for creating a so-called “defeat device” to get around strict diesel emissions standards. The mounting list of challenges has already caused a massive sell-off of Volkswagen stock.

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“I personally am deeply sorry that we have broken the trust of our customers and the public,” Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn said in a statement issued over the weekend. “We at Volkswagen will do everything that must be done in order to re-establish the trust,” he said, adding that the maker will work openly with authorities investigating the alleged scam.


Accused of Cheating on Emissions Standards, VW Ordered to Recall 500,000 Cars

Defeat device turns on only when vehicles tested for emissions.

by on Sep.18, 2015

The diesel version of the Audi A3 is one of the vehicles facing recall to fix a "defeat device" in its emissions control system.

Volkswagen will have to recall about 500,000 diesel-powered vehicles, the government has declared, because it surreptitiously equipped them with software designed to detect when they were undergoing emissions testing and later allow the vehicles to emit higher levels of pollution.

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a notice of violation alleging that VW created a “defeat device,” more accurately software that could detect when a vehicle was undergoing emissions testing. In such a situation, the onboard pollution control system would operate more aggressively. Otherwise, the government alleges, those controls would be relaxed.

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“Using a defeat device in cars to evade clean air standards is illegal and a threat to public health,” said Cynthia Giles, an assistant administrator with the EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance.


EPA Buys Back Dirty Diesels

Agency claims 10:1 health benefit for the taxpayer subsidies.

by on Oct.15, 2009


Diesels last for decades, so EPA is addressing the existing fleet.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a just released report to the Congress claims its Diesel Emission Reduction Program, funded at $50 million by taxpayers last year, allowed EPA to purchase or retrofit 14,000 diesel-powered vehicles and pieces of equipment, preventing respiratory illnesses and saving money in communities nationwide.

EPA said the program eliminated 46,000 tons of nitrogen oxide, a prime contributor to elevated smog levels, and 2,200 tons of particulate matter when computed over the lifetime of the diesel vehicles

EPA also estimate that it is conserving 3.2.million gallons of fuel annually under the “,” which saves operators $8 million annually

All told, the agency charged with cleaning the air we breathe and water we use claims it is generating public health benefits between $500 million to $1.4 billion.