Monday 2 September 2019 9:33 am

Volkswagen retains access to US public sector contracts after dieselgate probe

Volkswagen will reportedly still be allowed to bid for public sector contracts in the US, after concerns a watchdog probe into its diesel emissions cheating scandal may result in a ban.

Instead of being excluded, Volkswagen will be made to install a second US monitor at its Wolfsburg headquarters in Germany, after an investigation by the UA Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to keep access, according to German outlet Handelsblatt.

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The company, which is the second-biggest car maker in the world behind Toyota, produces diesel engines for the US Navy via its Man Energy Solutions subsidiary.

But this had been thrown into doubt during the EPA’s investigation into its using illegal software to cheat emissions tests in 2015, triggering a global backlash against diesel engines, the so-called dieselgate scandal.

Volkswagen’s agreement with the EPA is said to come in exchange for a three-year monitoring process which is set to begin in the coming months.

City A.M. has approached Volkswagen for comment.

Separately, US court documents have shown that lawyers for owners of nearly 100,000 Volkswagen cars that had misleading fuel economy labels are claiming $26m (£21.2m) in legal fees.

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Volkswagen agreed on Friday to a $96.5m settlement to reimburse 98,000 customers, with people who still own the vehicles eligible for lump-sum payments ranging from $518 to $2,332 per vehicle. But that settlement, which came after 15 months of negotiations, is separate to the new $26m request.

The dieselgate scandal has cost Volkswagen around €30bn in fines so far. Most recently, in May the firm set aside a further €5.5bn to pay off further costs.