Beyond recalling over 11 million vehicles worldwide, the VW Group may actually be forced to undo the environmental damage created by its fleet of emissions-cheating diesel cars.
The German company is already facing fines of up to $90 billion due to many of its models emitting up to 40 times the legal limit of nitrogen oxide. Now, the Financial Review reported that a number of environmental and consumer groups are asking the federal government to take things even further.
Some pundits suggest that Volkswagen should be forced to fund infrastructure to power electric cars in order to offset the huge amounts of pollution released by its illegal 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter diesel engines.
According to a German publication, the EPA has talked with Volkswagen about it producing electric vehicles at its Tennessee plant and potentially aiding in the roll-out of a nationwide network of electric charging stations.
In the 1990s, the Environmental Protection Agency in the United States stipulated that a number of truck manufacturers that cheated in emissions tests would have to invest $1 billion into developing more environmentally-friendly engines, so there is a precedent for such measures to be implemented.