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.