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With the contribution of the LIFE programme of the European Union - LIFE14 ENV/GR/000611

Volkswagen: The scandal explained

In September 2015 a violation was detected by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in many Volkswagen diesel vehicles. More specifically, it was discovered that Volkswagen installed a software that detected when the vehicle was being under laboratory emissions testing, thus emitting less in order to pass the regulation tests.

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Source: BBC

The LIFE GYM [LIFE14 ENV/GR/000611] project is co-funded by the LIFE programme, the EU financial instrument for the environment.


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Start Date: 15 September 2015 – Duration: 35 months

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