Why your gas-powered Jetta will not be hit by Volkswagen cheating scandal
How will Volkswagen repair emissions scandal?
Great news: If you drive a gasoline-powered Volkswagen, you never have to worry about the emission-cheating scandal enveloping the German automaker.
That’s due to the fact it truly is rather low-cost and easy to remove the emissions at the center of this controversy from gas-powered automobiles.
At issue is nitrogen oxide, or NOx, which can be captured by a catalytic converter, which has been regular equipment on most gasoline autos for decades. The NOx from cars is a top cause of smog and acid rain.
It is a distinct story for vehicles that run on diesel fuel. The identical emission controls aren’t nearly as efficient on a diesel car.
“The options for diesel are significantly a lot more high-priced and difficult to do. This is why NOx in diesel is a distinct concentrate,” stated John German, a senior fellow at the Global Council on Clean Transportation. That group found the dilemma with Volkswagen and Audi exhaust techniques and alerted authorities at the U.S. Environmental Safety Company and the California Air Sources Board.
Diesel vehicles are quite well-liked in Europe, in which they account for nearly half of autos on the street. Large fuel prices and taxes make diesel a less pricey option.
But fuel in the U.S. is inexpensive and the taxes on diesel fuel are high, which has manufactured diesel automobiles considerably significantly less well-liked here, even however they get far better gas mileage. There are fewer than 500,000 of the impacted VW and Audi diesel cars on U.S. roads, out of much more than eleven million throughout the world. Most U.S. and Japanese automakers don’t promote diesel powered cars here.
That means that this scandal is unlikely to spread to other automakers. Other than automobiles from German automakers, most diesel engines in the United States are identified in additional big pickup trucks or other hefty trucks and buses employed by businesses that do not have to comply with the same U.S. emission standards.