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EPA May Force VW to Build Electric Cars in US

VW logoVolkswagen may have to build electric vehicles in the US to make up for installing illegal defeat devices in about 600,000 diesel engine cars that allowed them to cheat emissions standards.

German newspaper Welt am Sonntag reports the EPA has asked VW to produce electric vehicles as its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and to help build a network of EV charging stations in the US.

“Talks with the EPA are ongoing and we are not commenting on the contents and state of the negotiations,” a VW spokesman told Reuters. The EPA declined to comment.

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk and others suggested this idea back in December.

As reported by AutoBlog, Musk, along with a coalition of Silicon Valley leaders and environmentalists (executives at the Sierra Club and SolarCity among them) sent a letter to the California Air Resource Board chair Mary Nichols saying VW should be forced to “cure the air, not the cars” by ditching diesel and instead focusing on EVs.



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4 thoughts on “EPA May Force VW to Build Electric Cars in US

  1. I’m all for more electric cars be built in the US as it means more jobs, profit, tax revenue, etc. but I’m uncomfortable with the Environmental Protection Agency telling a company what it can or cannot build. All they could do was find a company if they do not obey the law.

  2. Instead of EPA levying a fine that goes into the Federal General Fund, i.e. black hole, negotiating a deal for VW to invest in the USA to build cars and have another party installing charging stations makes great sense. The aggrieved car buyers, like me, will get a separate payment to correct the reduced resale value of the cars and the reduced mpg when the engines are detuned for NOX emissions.

  3. What VW DID was a “CORPORATE CRIME” and, FORCING VW to Build EV Cars in the USA, “IS a VERY Appropriate” Partial PENALTY!
    For Mr. Glick to be “UNCOMFORTABLE” with the EPA doing this is “A Little” uncomfortable!
    Mr. Glick, “I’m VERY COMFORTABLE” with the “U.S. Justice Department” using the EPA, “TO DO THAT”!
    I “Expect” a rather LARGE Financial PENALTY too!
    I’m NOT “Comfortable” with VW “Deliberately VIOLATING” US LAW!

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