Taking the idea of building back trust very literally, Volkswagen may be expected to start manufacturing electric cars in the United States to put the emissions scandal behind them.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reportedly asked the German automaker to begin manufacturing electric cars in the US, as part of ongoing negotiations concerning the difficulty in resolving tensions surrounding the scandal.
According to reports in German newspaper Welt am Sonntag, the EPA are requesting that Volkswagen start producing electric cars at their plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in addition to building a network of charging stations for electric vehicles across the country. It is not specified if the EPA are expecting Volkswagen to produce an entirely new range of electric cars or just move production of existing models to the site in Tennessee. It is important to note that the German newspaper does not cite any sources in these new reports.
Months after the emission scandal broke, where it was revealed that 600,000 of Volkswagen’s diesel vehicles across the United States were fit with devices intended to falsify the emission figures and allowed vehicles to emit over 40 times the pollution limit, an agreed technical fix has still not been put forward by the carmakers. In Europe a fix was announced and agreed upon, and recalls of the affected vehicles have already begun. Tensions remain high in America though, following the EPA’s filing of a joint lawsuit with the Department of Justice against Volkswagen back in December.
A VW spokesperson had nothing to say about these new reports, saying to Reuters: “Talks with the EPA are ongoing and we are not commenting on the contents and state of the negotiations.”