VW Braces For CO2 Fines Despite Releasing ID.3 Before It Was Fully Ready

Sales volumes for the electric hatchback will probably not help.

First, we reported the Volkwagen ID.3 had issues with its 12V battery. Then, we learned there were many more issues involving it and that they were caused mostly because VW was trying to avoid emission fines and started selling the car before it should. The question is: will that pay off? Volkswagen executives are not very confident, according to Automotive News and Financial Times.

According to the former, during VW’s Q3 earnings call on October 29, sales chief Christian Dahlheim said that the company was still struggling to comply with European emission regulations. VW’s CFO, Frank Witter, even set aside “a couple hundred million” euros to pay the emission fines if results confirm them.