Volkswagen diesel vehicle information for California

This page last updated April 25, 2017

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NOx Mitigation ZEV Investments VW Consumer Info
California will receive $381 million to mitigate impacts of excess NOx emissions. VW will invest $800 million in ZEV projects in California over a 10-year period. Information for VW owners on fixes and buybacks of 2- and 3-liter engine VW cars.
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Background on the VW issue

In September 2015, following a California Air Resources Board (CARB) investigation, Volkswagen (VW) officials admitted to having secretly and deliberately installed an emissions defeat device on nearly 600,000 VW and Audi branded 2.0-liter and 3-liter diesel vehicles sold to consumers in the U.S.

The defeat device was software designed to cheat State and federal emission tests and resulted in oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions that were up to 40 times higher than allowed for each of the approximately 85,000 vehicles in California.

On October 25, 2016, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California approved a Partial Consent Decree (Consent Decree) that partially resolves Clean Air Act and California claims against VW for the use of the defeat devices in their 2.0-liter diesel vehicles. A second Consent Decree for the 3.0-liter diesel vehicles was lodged in December 2016 and is expected to be approved in May 2017.

As a result of the two Consent Decrees, California is expected to be allocated about $423 million from an Environmental Mitigation Trust, explained in the first Consent Decree. That money is to mitigate the lifetime excess NOx emissions of the VW vehicles with the defeat device. VW is also expected to invest $800 million for zero-emission vehicle projects in California over a 10-year period.

VW Document Archive

Archive of court and agency documents.