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Volkswagen Devising ‘Comprehensive’ Emissions Fix for 11M Diesel Vehicles

Under deadline pressure, Volkswagen’s new CEO Matthias Mueller said it will recall and refit 11 million vehicles equipped with emissions cheating devices.
Included will be U.S. and European vehicles under the nameplate Volkswagen (5 million cars), Audi (2.1 million), Skoda (1.8 million), and Seat (700,000) of Spain.
The automaker has pulled its cars off the U.S. market, sales are being stopped in various European countries, and its home market Germany has said it has until Oct. 7 to make a fix. If not, cars in Germany will also be pulled off the market.

Schaeffler introduces new high-voltage P2 hybrid module; up to 800 N·m; first production application in China in 2017

Schaeffler has developed a new P2 (parallel, two-clutch) high-voltage hybrid module—arranged between the internal combustion engine and transmission—that can transmit engine torques of up to 800 N·m (590 lb-ft) to the transmission without having to incorporate a commensurately expensive clutch.The new generation P2 hybrid module can be used in both medium- and very high-performance transmission concepts—e.g., from mild to plug-in hybrids.

Norwegian/Finnish studies find Euro 6 cars exceeding NOx and CO2 type limits in real-world conditions; below on PM

Emission measurements conducted by Institute of Transport Economics in Norway, in collaboration with VTT in Finland, show that new Euro 6 cars with diesel engines are struggling with NOx emissions well in excess of regulatory type limits when in real traffic.

Gevo begins selling renewable isooctene to BCD Chemie; fuel applications

Gevo has begun selling renewable isooctene to BCD Chemie, a subsidiary of Brenntag. Initial orders in 2015 are expected to result in revenues to Gevo of more than $1 million. The isooctene will be produced at Gevo’s biorefinery in Silsbee, Texas, derived from isobutanol produced at Gevo’s plant in Luverne, Minn. Gevo’s biorefinery is operated in conjunction with South Hampton Resources.

Shell backs out of Alaska for foreseeable future with financial hit

Shell announced on Monday that it will cease further exploration activity in offshore Alaska for the foreseeable future. The company said the decision reflects the results from Burger J exploration well located in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea; the high costs associated with the project; and the “challenging and unpredictable” federal regulatory environment in offshore Alaska.

Diesel Emissions Scandal Now Includes 2.1M Audi Cars

Audi has revealed that 2.1 million of its vehicles are fit with software that is meant to cheat diesel emissions tests.
Of that total, 1.42 million of the vehicles are in Western Europe, 577,00 are in Germany alone, while just 13,000 are in the U.S. The models affected are the A1, A3, A4, A5, A6, TT, Q3 and Q5 according to Audi.
SEE ALSO: Volkswagen Fine Could Be $3.2 Billion Rather Than $18 Billion

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