We all know of the massive Volkswagen scandal that has encompassed the entire internet. Volkswagen lied about the state of the emissions on many of its TDI models and installed a so called “defeat device” to trick testing gear to believe that certain pollution controls were installed on the car, when they weren’t in actuality. This cause Volkswagen to take an immense amount of flak from both the United States government, the EPA and the media. 11 million Volkswagen vehicles were effected in this scandal and 2.1 million Audi vehicles. It’s been said the Volkswagen has allotted $7 billion towards fixing the issue.
However, it’s been unclear as to how Volkswagen was going to fix the issue. It’s been said that the issue was software-based, so it seems as if it might be possible to have different software could be installed on the violating vehicles and fix everything. Volkswagen seems to think that that’s the case with around five million vehicles, as it will be issuing customers to bring their vehicles in for a service appointment to help fix the issue. It hasn’t been said what exactly the service appointment entails yet, but it will be considered a recall and won’t cost customers anything.
This so-called fix will also not be the last of the issue. Apparently, this fix will come in installments and this is just the first of a few. This means that it could be both software and hardware that will be changed and will be done in intervals. Software might come first and then hardware later on. The $7 billion Volkswagen has allocated towards the fix seems to be a bit much for just a software tweak, so it’s possible that new components must be installed.
This is likely because most of the violating TDI models were equipped with the EA189 diesel engines which began use in 2005. This engine was never fitted with an emissions-cleaning urea-injection spray system, causing it to fail emissions had Volkswagen not fitted a defeat device on them. The newer EA288 diesel fitted to 2015 models id have the urea-injection system installed, so these engines will likely just need software based fixes.
We’ll see just how this massive fix pans out soon. Volkswagen needs to fix this situation quickly, especially considering that the German Federal Motor Transport Authority was ready to ban the offending cars had Volkswagen not planned a fix by October 7th. If Volkswagen can provide a swift and efficient (see what I did there?) fix to its massive scandal, it’s possible that it could put this whole thing behind it and we can all move on with our lives.