The aftermath of the VW emissions scandal rumbles on, with everyone from politicians to customers voicing their concerns and VW suffering huge reputation damage. Now attention is turning to what punishment the Volkswagen Group should receive.
Well Elon Musk has his own thoughts on what VW’s punishment should be. Yes, Mr Tesla himself and 44 other ‘business, environmental and thought’ leaders have written in an open letter to the chair of the California Air Resources Board. They have stated that the punishment for Volkswagen should be to “cure the air, not the cars.” (Is anyone else feeling a 60’s hippy vibe?)
Basically what this consortium of important people wants is for the German manufacturer to fast-forward the production of EV and zero-emission cars rather than spend money on fixing the 85,000 recalled models. Musk believes that the Boards proposed punishment is “costly,” “impractical” and generally inefficient.
The open letter addressed directly to chairwomen Mary Nichols contains a five-step plan which must all be legally enforceable. This punishment may seem like a bit of a slap on the wrist but actually it is quite strict. Especially considering how much VW is now relying on EV vehicles and speeding up the development of this will not be cheap, rumoured to be over $100 million and climbing. If this goes ahead then this will be great news for the future of electric vehicles as one of the biggest car manufacturer in the world will be fully committed to an EV future.