Feds ask VW to Build Electric Cars in US to Help Make Up for Diesel Scandal: Report

Feds ask VW to Build Electric Cars in US to Help Make Up for Diesel Scandal: Report

To make up for its cheating diesels that pollute over allowed limits, Volkswagen has been asked by the Environmental Protection Agency to begin building electric cars. 

According to German newspaper Welt am Sonntag, the EPA has asked VW to build electric vehicles at its plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., and to help install a network of accessible charging stations for EVs.

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Volkswagen currently has the all-electric e-Golf and the Jetta hybrid in its electrified stable of vehicles, both of which are built outside the U.S. The report didn’t specify if the EPA wants VW to build a new electric car in Tennessee or move production of an existing one.

Volkswagen and the EPA are still in negotiations over the fix for 600,000 diesel vehicles in the U.S. which are fitted with defeat devices meant to deceive emissions testing. Some of these cars produce 40 times the legal pollution limits. “Talks with the EPA are ongoing and we are not commenting on the contents and state of the negotiations,” a VW spokesman told Automotive News.

[Source: Automotive News]

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  • Jerry Baustian

    CARB led the way, then EPA jumped on board. They set out to limit, as far as possible, the sales of diesel-engine cars in the US. To do this, they set out to create NOx limits easily achieved by gasoline engines, but nearly impossible for diesels.

    EPA has consistently resisted all efforts to get them to use cost-benefit analysis when designing regulations. Instead it has incrementally tried to regulate diesel engines out of existence in favor of less efficient solutions.

    Yes, plug-in electric cars are excellent for those who make only short trips, with a very low cost per mile. But most Americans prefer, now and for the foreseeable future, vehicles that can travel hundreds of miles before refueling, and that can be refueled in just a few minutes — not forced to spend many hours recharging. EPA is ignoring what consumers prefer, instead trying to force them to make inferior choices.