Melissa Wen for Reuters reports that California regulators have "green-lighted" VW's plan to fill the state with clean vehicle infrastructure - installing charging stations and helping to build out ride sharing - to make amends for its misdeeds over the emissions scandal that broke in Sept. 2015.
In the weeks and months following the revelation of VW's emissions cheat, advertising/marketing people like Sylvia Long-Tolbert of Johns Hopkins had a lot to say about VW's recovery.
"Our communities cannot breathe, and we thought that our right to breathe would be worth more than a few billion dollars in transportation improvements."
- Katie Valenzuela Garcia, advisor to the California Air Resources Board
In yet another chapter in the VW emissions saga, the New York Times reports that the FBI has arrested Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt, who was the chief emissions compliance officer for VW in the U.S. Schmidt has been charged with conspiracy to defraud the U.S. The Times characterizes Schmidt's arrest as an "escalation" of the criminal investigation against VW.
"For years Volkswagen's ads touted the company's 'Clean Diesel' cars even though it now appears Volkswagen rigged the cars with devices designed to defeat emissions tests."