Even after fixing the cheating vehicles, Volkswagen’s diesel cars still won’t comply with clear-air laws.
The German automaker has reached a $15.3-billion settlement in the U.S., but even after the diesel cars are recalled and repaired, they will still emit more pollution than allowed under the emissions standards the company evaded. To compensate, Volkswagen will have to contribute billions of dollars to environmental programs. Clean-air advocates, however, are upset that government negotiators failed to require repaired vehicles to comply with current standards.
The problem is, a fix hasn’t even arrived and shows just how difficult it can be to re-engineer a car after it has been produced and sold.
The company will invest as much as $10-billion to buy back the affected diesel vehicles and compensate owners. Volkswagen will also have to pay $2.7-billion to federal and California regulators to help fund pollution-reduction projects, as well as giving $2 billion to be invested in clean technology.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) estimates that once the Volkswagen vehicles are fixed, they will have their emissions reduced by 80 to 90 percent over current levels. Regulators however, estimate that the cars could still emit as much as 40 times the permitted amounts of NOx, so even a 90-percent reduction results in more emissions than current laws allow.
[Source: Automotive News]
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