VW’s diesel scandal has been in the headlines since last September, but solving the problem it proving difficult. Volkswagen Group has submitted a proposal to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to fix about 85,000 vehicles with the 3.0-liter diesel V6 in the US, Reuters reports. CARB now has 20 business days to test if the plan actually reduces emissions. If accepted, VW could finally begin a recall and end the stop sale on vehicles with these engines.
In a statement, CARB pledged to, “respond following a thorough and complete review to make sure the plan addresses the presence of the illegal defeat device and follows the necessary environmental, vehicle and public health and safety regulations.”
Neither CARB nor the EPA outlined the proposed repairs, but Porsche CEO Oliver Blume already suggested the fix for the engine in the diesel Cayenne. Examples from 2013 and 2014 allegedly need a new catalytic converter and software update, and those from 2015 and 2016 only need the improved code. It’s not yet clear whether this procedure would work for all models with the 3.0 TDI.
While the EPA issued the notice of violation against VW’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel in September, the first one for the 3.0-liter V6 came in early November. By the end of the month, the agency broadened the scope to about 85,000 vehicles, including some examples of the VW Touareg, Audi A6, A7, A8, Q5, Q7, and Porsche Cayenne. The affected companies issued stop sales on new models with the engine. Audi eventually admitted to regulators that it didn’t disclose three auxiliary emission control devices in the powerplant’s code and promised to develop a software update to fix the problem. CARB gave the automaker 45 business days to submit the proposed solution.
If accepted, this repair would allow VW Group to end part of the emissions scandal, but there’s no guarantee the regulators consent to this solution. Just a few weeks ago, CARB looked at the automaker’s plan to fix the 2.0-liter TDI and rejected it, claiming a lack of detail.