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A German newspaper has suggested that the Environmental Protection Agency wants Volkswagen to build electric cars at its assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The agency also wants Volkswagen to help build a nationwide network of DC fast-charging sites for plug-in electric vehicles.
Those actions would be part of an overall settlement of the VW diesel-emission scandal that erupted last September.
An unsourced report in the newspaper Welt am Sonntag, as reported yesterday by Reuters, said those steps were among negotiating points as both the EPA and the powerful California Air Resources Board continue to discuss how Volkswagen will modify almost 600,000 vehicles that contain "defeat device" software in their emission systems.
The EPA declined to comment to Reuters on the report, and a VW spokesperson in the U.S. said only that talks with the EPA were continuing and that the carmaker would not comment on the "contents and state of the negotiations."
2015 Volkswagen e-Golf Vs. 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDIEnlarge Photo
Last month, VW's initial proposal to modify the noncompliant cars was rejected by CARB for lacking sufficient detail about the effect of the changes on fuel economy and performance.
The toughest cars to modify are 325,000 models sold from 2009 through 2014 that have no urea-injection system in place.
Numerous analysts have suggested that VW will have to buy back some or all of those cars from their owners.
Separately, the German weekly tabloid Bild am Sonntag reported that the German transport minister had summoned the head of VW Group's supervisory board to provide an update on its progress in tackling the diesel-emission issue.
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The company's German communications arm confirmed the meeting, but declined to comment on the nature of the discussions.
For all articles published by Green Car Reports on this topic, see our VW diesel scandal index page.