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One would think that Dieselgate 2015 taught people not to illegally tinker with vehicle emission controls. Unfortunately, the Volkswagen (VW) emission scandal seems to be a distant memory for some people. Recall that in 2015 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that VW had intentionally violated EPA regulations. VW was guilty of programming turbocharged direct injection (TDI) diesel engines to activate their emissions controls only during laboratory emissions testing. The emissions modification caused the vehicles’ NOx output to meet US standards during regulatory testing, but emit up to 40 times more NOx in real-world driving. Volkswagen deployed this software in about 11 million cars worldwide, including 500,000 in the United States, in model years 2009 through 2015. The scandal ultimately cost Volkswagen nearly $30 billion.
Fast forward to 2020, and the EPA is once again levying fines to the tune of $11 million for violating mother nature’s right to clean air. While the penalties are a mere fraction of the 2015 VW settlement, the EPA is sending a clear message to the businesses and individuals that provided over 21,000 illegal aftermarket modifications to diesel vehicles. The EPA’s message should be a warning to anyone deciding to tamper with vehicle emissions devices illegally.
The EPA’s move to levy fines to the various entities underscores the importance of diesel emissions system integrity of both on-road and off-road vehicles according to Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum, an educational industry association representing leading manufacturers and suppliers of diesel engines, vehicles, components and equipment, petroleum and renewable fuels and emissions control technology. There is a reason for implementing vehicle emission controls, and that is to reduce toxic levels of pollutants into the environment that can cause human health problems and environmental damage. One possible solution to thwarting the temptation to tinker with diesel emission controls is to adopt an all-electric vehicle policy.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) routinely sets up diesel checkpoints across the state to stop and check diesel engine trucks for EPA and California Air Resources Board (CARB) compliance. Sometimes these stops result in fines to the driver and fleet owner. CARB is known to levy penalties against logistic companies for violating environmental regulations to the tune of several hundreds of thousands of dollars.
A future where electric vehicles are the only mode of transportation may not be realistic now. However, increasing on-road electric trucks and vans can help reduce the temptation to modify their diesel engines. Additionally, operating the all-electric trucks gives fleet owners peace of mind knowing they would not be subject to EPA or CARB fines.
For more information on how ADOMANI can help solve your fleet transportation needs with all-electric trucks and vans, contact them for more details. The ADOMANI team can also help you determine if funding is available in your area and help you navigate the funding paperwork.
Partnering with us gives you access to a passionate and dedicated team of experts with the true belief that delivering quality ZEV solutions is the pathway to cleaner air, reduced dependency on fossil-fueled vehicles, and a lower total cost of vehicle ownership for businesses.
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