John Batchelor radio show, Volkswagen diesel and hydrogen

John Batchelor talks to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation, about Volkswagen’s agreement, Mary’s Valley Rally hydrogen highway with the Toyota Mirai and Hyundai Tucson. It’s all about clean in California – clean transportation, clean energy and clean long range driving.

The Honorable Judge Charles Beyer put his faith in Robert Mueller, the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (currently a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr), to facilitate an expeditious agreement and Mueller appears to have pulled it off.

With all parties present, an agreement was reached in principle as to what to do about the approximately 480,000 2-liter engine licensed cars and the associated environmental consequences resulting from the excess emissions caused by the diesel defeat device from these vehicles.

The agreement gives consumers several options, including the option to have Volkswagen buy back their car. Subject to governmental approval after further testing, there will be the option to have the consumer’s vehicle modified in accordance with the agreement. For those customers who have leased their car, there will be an option to cancel the lease and return the car to Volkswagen. Past the motor vehicle buy back, the car modification, and cancellation of lease options, there will be an agreement that includes compensation to the consumers.

No financial numbers were given, there are still approximately 90,000 cars with 3-liter engines as well as fines and penalties to expeditiously resolve. The next date for a status conference is May 19th, 2016, at 8:00 a.m.

John Batchelor talks to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation, about Volkswagen’s agreement, Mary’s Valley Rally hydrogen highway with the Toyota Mirai and Hyundai Tucson. It’s all about clean in California – clean transportation, clean energy and clean long range driving.

Does hydrogen and electric vehicles solve Volkswagens problems from the diesel defeat device?

About the Author:

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.