Report: California May Settle For Partial Fix on VW Diesels
CARB Acknowledges a Full Fix "May Not Be Possible"
Since first breaking in September 2015, the Volkswagen emissions scandal has been an ongoing source of distress for Europe’s largest-volume automaker. Although the vast majority of the estimated 11 million affected vehicles are outside the U.S., American regulators have arguably been the strictest and most punitive in regard to forcing the automaker to make amends to owners. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) most recently gave the automaker a deadline of March 24 to present a final proposal to fix the estimated 82,000 affected TDI models in the state.
According to Reuters, the agency has come to the conclusion that a fix that is fully compliant with state emissions standards may not be possible. Todd Sax, head of CARB’s enforcement division, said he does not believe a fix that is complaint with onboard diagnostic and emissions standards is possible.
However, the agency is not going to let VW totally off the hook, saying it would need to pay to help mitigate the effects of the vehicles’ pollution. The majority of units implicated in the scandal are the earlier-generation EA189 engine, most of which were not equipped with an urea fluid selective catalyst reduction (SCR) system, with the exception of the Passat midsize sedan, which added an SCR system to the engine for the 2012 model year. The EA189 was replaced in 2015 with the newer-generation EA288 engine, which integrated SCR technology from its inception.