The Californian regulators do not think that VW cars fitted with the cheating device can fully comply with emission laws no matter how the fix looks like.
As Volkswagen is trying to come to an agreement with the US regulators around the cars affected by the diesel scandal, California Air Resources Board is sceptical about the possibly of a full fix that would bring the over-polluting vehicles within the state’s law limits. There are around 82,000 VW models in California that are exceeding by up to 40 times the federal standards. “Our goal has been to fix the vehicles and return them to their certified configuration as expeditiously as possible,” said Todd Sax, chief of the California Air Resources Board enforcement division. “Unfortunately, this may not be possible.”
Therefore, the state is considering a compromise to allow partially repaired diesels to remain on road. “We will have to decide what the best approach is to dealing with these vehicles, and one of the options potentially would be to accept something less than a full fix,” he said. If this is to happen, it will ease up the financial pressure on the German automaker, as it will not be forced any more to buyback the older diesels.
However, Sax said that if the option was taken up, Volkswagen would need to pay to compensate somehow the harm caused by allowing the vehicles to continue to operate on the road. A decision on the matter has not been made yet and the talks between the CARB and Volkswagen are still ongoing. Amid this struggle, the head of the Volkswagen Group in the United States – Michael Horn – resigned on Wednesday.