Volkswagen executives and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials made little progress Wednesday when they met to talk about resolving the German automaker’s environmental violations tied to its emissions control cheat.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Volkswagen requested the meeting, which came just one day after California regulators rejected VW’s plan to recall and fix about half a million of its diesel-powered vehicles in the U.S., saying it failed to address how the proposed repairs would affect engine performance, emissions, and vehicle safety.
Mary Nichols head of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) said Tuesday that “Volkswagen made a decision to cheat on emissions tests and then tried to cover it up,” adding that “They need to make it right.” She called the agency’s decision “a step in the direction of assuring that will happen.”
EPA regulators said they agreed with CARB’s assessment of the plan, leaving the two sides at an impasse for now.
VW’s emissions debacle has been going on since September, when federal regulators revealed that Volkswagen installed a cheat in its diesel-powered vehicles that allowed the vehicles to operate without emissions controls except when they were being tested, at which time the vehicle detects it is being tested and turns the emissions controls on.
According to the Wall Street Journal, industry analysts say that the repairs are too complex to be resolved by VW’s vague pitch and that it’s in the automaker’s best interest to reach an agreement with U.S. authorities sooner rather than later. The longer it takes VW to move past the emissions scandal, which has tarnished its reputation and brand, the longer it will take to rebuild consumer trust.
Instead of reporting progress in their talks Wednesday, both VW and the EPA thanked each other for taking the time to meet, suggesting they remain at odds on how to solve the problem.
Volkswagen Chief Executive Matthias Müller earlier this week said that he wanted to “reignite Americans’ love for Volkswagen” and that he was “very optimistic that we will be able to find a solution soon” with U.S. regulators, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Source: The Wall Street Journal