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To make up for its cheating diesels that pollute over allowed limits, Volkswagen has been asked by the Environmental Protection Agency to begin building electric cars.
According to German newspaper Welt am Sonntag, the EPA has asked VW to build electric vehicles at its plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., and to help install a network of accessible charging stations for EVs.
Volkswagen currently has the all-electric e-Golf and the Jetta hybrid in its electrified stable of vehicles, both of which are built outside the U.S. The report didn’t specify if the EPA wants VW to build a new electric car in Tennessee or move production of an existing one.
Volkswagen and the EPA are still in negotiations over the fix for 600,000 diesel vehicles in the U.S. which are fitted with defeat devices meant to deceive emissions testing. Some of these cars produce 40 times the legal pollution limits. “Talks with the EPA are ongoing and we are not commenting on the contents and state of the negotiations,” a VW spokesman told Automotive News.