US EPA to Volkswagen: Build EV Charging Stations

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 29, 2016

To compensate for cheating on its emission tests, Volkswagen was recently asked by US regulators to develop electric vehicles (EV). Accordingly, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asked the car maker to produce charging stations for EVs at its Chattanooga, Tennessee production plant.

Volkswagen has already come up with a few vehicles featuring electric or hybrid motors. However, the report from Welt am Sonntag did not specify if the agency was asking Volkswagen to build new or existing models. Presently, the EPA and Volkswagen are in talks to come up with an agreement to fix the diesel engines that exceeds the emission limits set by the US standards.

Volkswagen still has not resolved the emission issues of nearly 600,000 diesel vehicles in the US five months after the scandal was revealed to the public. According to a Volkswagen spokesman, negotiations with the EPA are still ongoing but the company will not yet disclose the contents of the talks.

The EPA, on the other hand, refused to give a statement on the matter. According to reports from Bild am Sonntag, German transport minister Alexander Dobrindt summoned Volkswagen supervisory board chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch on February 16 to issue an update regarding Volkswagen's plans on resolving the problems.

Poetsch said that the automaker is doing everything to fix the current dilemma regardless of how it will affect the management. On February 16, Poetsch, together with Volkswagen Government Relations head Thomas Steg, gave Dobrindt an update on the investigation progress.

However, Volkswagen refused to disclose further details to the public. In April, the car maker is set to issue its final report on the matter to law firm Jones Day.

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