Volkswagen AG, the world’s largest automaker by sales after the first six months of the year, is currently devising a strategy to handle the retrofit of up to 11 million diesel-powered cars.
The German company was caught cheating on diesel emissions tests in the US by the Environmental Protection Agency and later admitted it had equipped up to 11 million autos around the world with the illegal software. It recently said it would refit all affected cars, setting aside 6.5 million euros to cover the costs, but it refrained from delivering specific solutions. Now a report coming from sources that talked to Bloomberg says the options range from a mundane software update to actually replacing the affected car with a new one, with the company having a deadline to meet in delivering a fix to the “dieselgate” scandal. Naturally, changing the entire car is the most extreme and costly scenario of the options explored by the automaker, which is close to an October 7 deadline to present a solution in front of German authorities. The people that have knowledge of the matter added other ideas include swapping the catalytic converters with larger ones to make sure all harmful emissions would be handled, said the sources, who refrained from being named because the strategy is not final yet.
The crucial cost estimates of the fix also range from as little as 20 euros ($22) to as much as 10,000 euros per car, added one of the sources. The solution could also be attributable to every national regulator, meaning the plan presented to German authorities might only be viable there and nowhere else. Volkswagen needs to refit cars from its namesake brand as well as those from the Audi, Skoda and Seat subsidiaries after it was forced to acknowledge it had rigged the diesel-powered models to pass US emissions tests.