- Judging by VW’s own recent admission, we’re looking at 11 million cars on the road that have the cheating equipment installed.
- Affected VW vehicles are putting out up to 40 times as much nitrogen oxide (NOx) as they’re supposed to, according to the EPA. While that’s likely a pretty high estimate, it’s still a very big deal.
- VW cars at the center of the controversy are equipped with special technology – technology that’s since been implemented in dozens of other small diesel vehicles – that can supposedly slash how much NOx its diesel-powered vehicles put out.
- This is only the tip of the iceberg as this has so far only been detected in the US context. The United Kingdom and the rest of Europe have far more Volkswagen cars which could possibly show a massive scale of pollution control violations.
- NOx is a nasty pollutant that, in addition to occasionally contributing to a warmer planet, can exacerbate dozens of health conditions, from asthma and bronchitis to emphysema.
- In VW’s case, they tampered with the equipment so that it would turn on only when it was being tested – and turn off the rest of the time.
News Item Compiled by Girish Deepak