Just a slap on the wrist.
Volkswagen has been under intense scrutiny for its role in selling an insane amount of diesel cars fitted with a cheat device in the US. The automaker has been told by the US Government that it needs to fix its vehicles, but VW has not figured out a way to do that yet. There’s no final word on what penalties VW will be smacked with for the scandal, but one possible outcome is that the automaker will be forced to build electric cars in the US. While making electric vehicles isn't necessarily easy, it seems like VW is getting off a little easy.
According to Welt am Sonntag, a German newspaper, VW and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have discussed the idea of the automaker making electric cars at its plant in Chattanooga, TN. VW would also be forced to spend money on improving the EV charging infrastructure in the US. In a report by Reuters, a VW spokesperson stated, “Talks with the EPA are ongoing and we are not commenting on the contents and state of the negotiations,” and the EPA declined to comment. Forcing VW to engineer EVs seems like an extremely lenient penalty for its part in selling diesels with cheat devices. VW’s plant in Chattanooga would be the ideal location for making EVs since it’s LEED Platinum certified and has an enormous solar field nearby for power.