With the contribution of the LIFE programme of the European Union - LIFE14 ENV/GR/000611
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that many VW cars being sold in America had a “defeat device” – or software- in diesel engines that could detect when they were being tested, changing the performance accordingly to improve results. More specifically, once on the road, the engines emitted nitrogen oxide pollutants up to 40 times above what is allowed in the US.
VW stated that they had found “irregularities” is tests to measure carbon dioxide emissions levels that could affect about 800,000 vehicles in Europe. VW will recall 8.5 million cars in Europe and 500,000 in US as a result of this scandal.
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Start Date: 15 September 2015 – Duration: 35 months