Is Bosch behind diesel emissions manipulation?
The world pointed the gun at Volkswagen last year after its public exposure during dieselgate, but now more manufacturers are being looked at… and Bosch seems to be the common element.
DIESEL WAS ONCE a darling fuel. But, as emissions regulations become more stringent it’s becoming harder to reduce diesel emissions, and particularly harmful NOx emissions, the fine particulates that settle in your lungs. And, so, as we saw with VW in California, there are those who’ll work to ‘beat the system’.
At the time of dieselgate, the world’s automakers were fast to distance themselves from VW and suggest none of their diesel vehicles contained ‘defeat devices’. But that doesn’t seem to be true.
Investigations in the US and in Germany have uncovered a number of car makers, including FCA brands in the US and Daimler in Germany, where prosecutors searched Daimler’s offices as part of their ongoing investigations “against known and unknown employees at Daimler who are suspected of fraud and misleading advertising connected with manipulated emissions treatment of diesel passenger cars,” a spokesperson for the public prosecutor’s office told Reuters.
The investigators are now looking into the involvement of Bosch as being a common denominator across a number of automotive brands. Bosch produces engine management software. “There is an investigation into aiding and abetting fraud,” the Stuttgart public prosecutor’s office said of Bosch. Apparently, the Bosch line of enquiry has grown out of prosecutors investigating Daimler. Both brands are based in Stuttgart.
Yesterday, a spokesperson for Bosch told reporters, “As a matter of policy, and due to the sensitive nature of these matters, Bosch will not comment further concerning matters under investigation and in litigation”.
The nail in the coffin? Bosch was ordered, in the US, to pay a settlement to owners of VWs in that country because of its involvement in the development of VW’s diesel engine defeat device. Seems that through no fault of its own, diesel is about to be killed off for good.