After Dieselgate, Volkswagen to Move Forward Using ‘Best Environmental Technology’

By Paul Riegler on 19 October 2015
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Volkswagen Golf SportWagen at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show

Volkswagen Golf SportWagen at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show

In the wake of the emissions scandal that has enveloped Volkswagen, the German automaker is planning a series of changes and cost cuts to both its model lineup and diesel strategy.

The world’s largest automaker said it plans to focus more on the development of electric vehicles and it will discontinue the use of less effective emissions technologies such as a lean NOx trap to limit nitrogen oxides emissions in favor of the more effective and more costly AdBlue and selective catalytic reduction, or SCR, technology. It also plans to reposition its top-of-the-line Phaeton with “a pure electric drive with long-distance capability, connectivity and next-generation assistance systems as well as an emotional design.”

“It was decided to switch over to installing only diesel drives with SCR and AdBlue technology in Europe and North America as soon as possible,” the automaker said in a statement last week. “Diesel vehicles will only be equipped with exhaust emissions systems that use the best environmental technology.”

Almost a decade ago, Volkswagen had announced plans to use BlueTec, an emissions technology similar to AdBlue that was developed by Daimler, but it scrapped those plans due to the high cost of parts. Instead, it opted for the less expensive lean NOx trap system and the defeat device.

Both AdBlue and BlueTec use a urea-based fluid that is injected into the exhaust system to neutralize the nitrogen oxide in the catalytic converter.

The automaker is painfully conscious of its strengths and weaknesses as well as being judged in the court of public opinion.

“We are very aware that we can only implement these innovations for the future of the Volkswagen brand effectively if we succeed with our efficiency program and in giving our product range new focus,” said Herbert Diess, who heads up the company’s passenger car division.

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