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1st US Criminal Charge Filed in VW Emissions Scandal

Engineer James Liang pleads guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud

(Newser) - The first US criminal charge over the Volkswagen emissions scandal has been filed. Bloomberg reports VW engineer James Liang pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud on Friday. Liang, a German citizen, has worked for VW since 1983, first in Germany and then in the US, according to WDIV . He... More »

VW Reaches $14.7B Emissions Scandal Settlement: Source

If confirmed, it would be the largest auto scandal settlement in US history

(Newser) - Volkswagen would repair or buy back polluting diesel vehicles and pay each owner as much as $10,000 under a $14.7 billion deal the car maker has reached to settle lawsuits stemming from its emissions cheating scandal, a person briefed on the settlement talks said Monday. The figure would... More »

44 Tech Leaders Want to Let VW Off the Hook —Kind Of

'Cure the air, not the cars'

(Newser) - More than 40 technology leaders have proposed a radical solution for how Volkswagen can fix its emissions-test-cheating vehicles: don't. Instead Quartz reports the 44 signers—including Tesla's Elon Musk—of a letter sent to the California Air Resources Board on Thursday suggest putting all the money and resources... More »

Things Just Got Even Worse for Volkswagen

Yet more emissions problems for the automaker

(Newser) - Germany's Volkswagen, already reeling from the fallout of cheating on US emissions tests for nitrogen oxide, said Tuesday that an internal investigation has revealed "unexplained inconsistencies" in the carbon dioxide emissions from 800,000 of its vehicles—a development it said could cost the company another $2.2... More »

DiCaprio Is Making a Volkswagen Scandal Movie

He's teamed up with Paramount to produce

(Newser) - Leonardo DiCaprio is making a Volkswagen movie—and it's not a relaunch of the Herbie franchise. Rather, his production company, Appian Way, has signed up to produce a movie on the Volkswagen emissions-cheating scandal , reports Variety . He will be working with Paramount, which has bought the rights to an... More »

VW Boss Blames 'a Couple of Software Engineers'

Michael Horn says 3 VW employees have been suspended

(Newser) - Volkswagen's US chief started testimony at a congressional hearing on Thursday by offering "a sincere apology for VW's use of a program that served to defeat the emissions regime," Michael Horn said, per NPR , before blaming its use on "a couple of software engineers."... More »

VW's Dieselgate Now Spreads to Audi

Company's luxury brand says 2.1M of its cars also had emissions cheat

(Newser) - The dust was just starting to settle on Volkswagen's emissions-cheating software on its US diesel vehicles, but new revelations show the hubbub spreading to Audi. The company's luxury brand reported Monday that 2.1 million of its vehicles—including 13,000 in the US—had the same cheat... More »

EPA Changing Emissions Tests So It Can't Be Duped Again

Volkswagen scandal spurs change

(Newser) - The US Environmental Protection Agency said today that it will launch sweeping changes to the way it tests for diesel emissions after getting duped by clandestine software in Volkswagen cars for seven years. In a letter to car manufacturers, the EPA said it will add on-road testing to its regimen,... More »

How VW Tricked the EPA

It was apparently pretty simple

(Newser) - By now you've probably heard that Volkswagen installed software in a number of its diesel vehicles that allowed them to cheat emissions testing and spew up to 40 times the legal amount of gunk into the air. But how'd they actually do it? It's apparently pretty simple.... More »

Volkswagen Boss: 'We Have Totally Screwed Up'

Execs could face charges over emissions cheat

(Newser) - After rigging emissions tests to fool regulators, Volkswagen appears to have belatedly decided that honesty is the best policy. Michael Horn, the chief of the German automaker's US business, told an audience at an event in New York last night that the company had cheated, the BBC reports. "... More »

Billions Wiped Off VW's Market Value

Market value down almost $17B after cheating claims

(Newser) - Around $16.9 billion was wiped off the market value of Volkswagen AG today following revelations that the German carmaker rigged US emissions tests for about 500,000 diesel cars. By mid-afternoon trading in Frankfurt, Volkswagen's share price was down a stunning 18.1%. Its dramatic fall weighed heavily... More »

EPA Allegations Are Already Costing VW

Consumer Reports pulls recommendations of Volkswagen vehicles

(Newser) - "Buying bible" Consumer Reports has yanked its favorable ratings of diesel Jettas and Passats in the wake of the EPA's allegations that Volkswagen installed software in its vehicles to skirt federal emissions laws, USA Today reports. "These recommendations will be suspended until Consumer Reports can re-test these... More »

Poop Bus Fueled by Human Waste Hits the Road

5 years of your waste produces the gas needed to fill bus's tank once

(Newser) - Move over, poop cruise . There's a new poop-related form of transport on the road, and this one is more neat than nasty. A "Bio-Bus" that runs solely on the biomethane gas generated by treated waste (of the food and human variety) is up and running as of this... More »

EPA's New Rule Will Make Gas Pricier, Earth-Healthier

Oil refiners will need to cut gasoline's sulfur content some 60%

(Newser) - The Environmental Protection Agency is today putting in place a new rule to drastically cut sulfur from gasoline, a measure it says will ultimately save lives, the New York Times reports. Sulfur in gasoline renders vehicle pollution control systems less effective, boosting smog-causing emissions associated with heart and lung disease,... More »

GM's 'Pod Cars' to Steer Themselves ... One Day

EN-V can be paged with a smartphone, but it's at least 10 years away

(Newser) - Move over, Volt: GM’s got an even more futuristic concept car on the way, and Fast Company has the latest. The Electric Network-Vehicle (EN-V) is an electric car that steers itself via GPS. A prototype was unveiled last year, and rumors have been swirling that a production date had... More »

To Save Nature, Leave It

Harvard economist: City life is greenest

(Newser) - Living in the least natural setting—the city—may be the best way to save nature, a Harvard economist writes in the Boston Globe . Urban dwellers drive less and have smaller homes to heat than their suburban counterparts, writes Edward Glaeser. By his reckoning, an average suburban Boston household emits... More »

New Car Runs on Compressed Air

From air to eternity for the environment

(Newser) - A tiny new car is literally a breeze to run and promises less damage to the environment than its rivals. The 3-wheel, 2-door, 4-seater AirPod, created in the UK, runs on compressed air and reaches speeds of up to 50mph. French distributor Motor Development International plans to sell the nearly... More »

Amtrak Testing Beef-Powered Train

Cattle byproducts power America's first biodiesel train

(Newser) - America's first biodiesel train runs through the heart of Texas cattle country using fuel made from beef byproducts. The daily Heartland Flyer between Oklahoma City and Fort Worth will use the fuel for a one-year trial run, after which the rail operator will analyze data on emissions and on the... More »

Why This Hot Rod Is Greener Than a Prius

You'll drive less frequently but enjoy it more

(Newser) - So, conventional wisdom tells us, if you want to help the environment, ditch those dreams of a hot-rod, get a hybrid, and commute knowing you’ve done your part to save the environment. Nonsense, writes Joe Eaton , who did precisely the opposite. “Giving up your Prius and putting a... More »

EPA Bucks Bush Policy, Lets Calif. Set Own CO2 Standard

(Newser) - The Environmental Protection Agency today granted California the right to set its own strict emissions standards, an about-face from Bush-era policies, Reuters reports. In a sly rebuke to the previous administration, the EPA said the move rested on a “traditional legal interpretation of the Clean Air Act.” California... More »

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