Volkswagen has (finally) revealed details of their proposed emissions fix. Of the 11 million cars affected worldwide, the majority are in Europe. This week we’ve learnt how those affected in the EU will be fixed and, actually, it’s very simple. A bit too simple considering the lengths they went to cheat, but that’s for another blog post.
The company says the fix will entail an easy engine software upgrade and in some cases, also inserting a small, tube-shaped part. The vehicles with 2.0-litre engines will require just an engine-control software update and the 1.6-litre vehicles will also have a “flow transformer” tube installed, which is designed using mesh to stabilise air flow and reduce emissions. Fixes for the 1.2-litre engines have yet to be announced.
The fix comes with good news for Volkswagen and its shareholders, because the cost will be significantly lower than first anticipated. A professor at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Ferdinand Dudenhöffer, estimates the charge of the repairs will cost VW €500 million. That’s a lot less than the 6.7 billion euros they’ve put aside already.
The German authorities have signed off on the solution, which is scheduled to begin in January 2016. VW has said they hope to have all the affected vehicles fixed by the end of the year. This seems like a very plausible timeline, given the fix should take less than an hour for each car. The company has also said that whilst they cannot confirm whether the fix will alter the cars’ performance or fuel economy, they hoped it wouldn’t. (Hmm, not sure hope is going to help the customers who lose revs or mpg).
The other affected VW brands: Audi, Skoda, SEAT, Porsche and VW commercial vehicles, are also working on fixes for their respective models. The fix for the affected cars in the U.S will be more complex because the emissions rules are much stricter than over here, which is probably why they were given $1,000 gift cards and we’re given ‘hope’.
VW also revealed on Wednesday that eight members of staff have been suspended during the ongoing internal investigation. As usual, no names were given, but the spokesman did confirm that three top managers responsible with engine management were included.
The company posted a video on their Volkswagen Group YouTube account, in which they explain how the fix will work:
Volkswagen via http://www.gizmag.com/volkswagen-diesel-cheat-fix/40625/pictures#1