Elon Musk Doesn’t Think Volkswagen Should Have to Fix Its Diesel Cars

Musk, along with dozens of other influential investors and environmentally friendly industry executives, have penned an open letter to the California Air Resource Board, or CARB. The letter suggests that CARB release Volkswagen from its obligation to fix the vehicles, since there are an “insignificant” number of total affected vehicles within the state of California, and these cars don’t present any active emissions-related risk. CARB should instead require Volkswagen to accelerate its timeline for the development (which Volkswagen is already doing as part of its crisis response) and launch of a fully electric vehicle with zero emissions. The group points out that this step requires no resources to verify, since electric cars emit zero emissions by definition.