Certain global automakers are said to be anxiously awaiting a pending report that sources say will out them as diesel emission cheaters – and in cases they have been more sophisticated than already exposed Volkswagen.
According to the Daily Kanban, the tightly knit auto industry has heard rumblings for a while now that cheating in as many as 10 to 15 cases will be publicly announced by investigators.
A press release will reportedly come either from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), or the Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) in Germany.
ICCT was the group which originally exposed VW to the U.S. EPA and California Air Resources Board after it commissioned West Virginia University to confirm Volkwagen’s “defeat device.”
And, say sources, what Volkswagen did may look relatively tame, as varying degrees of cleverness ranging from crude to enough to make James Bond proud are reportedly being used industry wide.
Some diesel cheaters, using sensors and related technologies have allegedly gone to greater lengths than VW to avoid being found out. This includes even GPS-guided computers that alert the car if it is brought to government testing labs.
In the case of VW’s defeat software, it allowed the car to emit as much as 40 times allowable NOx while on the road, but while being tested, it curbed emissions to an allowable limit.
If GPS and other technologies are being used by other brands, as yet un-named, this would constitute a conscious and willful deceit.
According to sources, the exposure of diesel cheaters is expected in two or three weeks.
Already the German non-governmental organization, DUH, named Opel as a main suspect. Britain’s Leeds University identifiued Opel/Vauxhall cars as “among the most polluting models on Britain’s roads.”
These account for three of the 10 to 15 cases, say sources. Another 7 to 12 cases have yet to be named publicly.