Volkswagen demanded alleged use of emissions “defeat device”
The electric revolution has already arrived at Volkswagen, the car manufacturer is bringing new electric vehicles onto the market. The carmaker may not admit it, but the so-called Dieselgate scandal sparked this revolution. However, another scandal could arise after the top European lawyer said Volkswagen uses software to illegally alter emissions, according to a report by Automotive news.
Software enables higher nitrogen oxide emissions
The European Advocate General Athanasios Rantos recently stated in a legal opinion for the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) that the software for modifying the emissions is illegal because it does not protect the engine from sudden damage, as the carmaker claimed. Rantos’ results referred to the software as a “defense device” as it could distort certain parameters in order to display lower levels of pollutants, particularly nitrogen oxides (NOx).
As reported by Automotive News, this software could control a valve that could recirculate exhaust gases from the engine exhaust, thereby reducing harmful NOx emissions. The Advocate General’s results show that the software only works in a specific temperature window between 15 and 33 degrees Celsius (59 and 91 degrees Fahrenheit) and at a vehicle height of less than 1,000 meters (3,280.8 feet).
When the temperature drops below 15 ° C (59 ° F) or the vehicle is over 1,000 meters, the software closes the valve, causing an increase in NOx emissions.
Top lawyer rejects engine protection declaration
However, Volkswagen said the temperature window protects the engine from possible sudden damage, so it is permissible, reports Automotive News. However, Rantos said in his legal opinion that such software was only justified if a defective valve suddenly acted on the engine, such as a power failure while driving. Rantos also noted that the temperature window underlined by Volkswagen does not reflect real driving conditions in Austria and Germany, where the average temperature is below 15 ° C. He also noted that drivers in these countries typically use their vehicles over 1,000 meters.
Advocate General Says Software is a “Defeat Device”
The EU Advocate General has concluded that software reduces the effectiveness of the emission control system and acts as a “shutdown device,” reports Automotive News. While the advocate general’s legal opinion does not mean that Volkswagen will be officially examined by the ECJ and is not binding, ECJ judges usually follow it.
Source: Automotive News Europe
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