In 2015, the EPA revealed Volkswagens secret. According to them, Volkswagen had been cheating on some tests which made their cars look more fuel efficient and eco-friendly than they were in fact. It was all about a device that was built into the vehicles which made them look better then they actually are.
Volkswagen is possible to be a subject of another scandalous show this year as it was reported that they have financed a test that intentionally exposed monkeys to diesel fuel exhaust and humans to nitrogen dioxide.
Fortunately, it seems that Volkswagen has suspended its top lobbyist because of the disturbing news. They are claiming that they are strictly against animal cruelty and that they have tried to distance themselves from the organization that performed the tests.
The tests were led by a research lab, which was funded by a group of automakers including Volkswagen and BMW, and they were all about forcing monkeys to inhale diesel exhaust fumes while they sat in airtight chambers.
Exposure was linked to premature mortality, cardiovascular problems, breathing problems, asthma and many other things. It is very familiar to us that automobiles have been polluting the atmosphere and poisoning our lungs for decades. So, the real question would be, why did we need tests to confirm it?
Mainly, tests were designed to prove that Volkswagen has improved their engines and that diesel engines were much cleaner and safer than older ones. The diesel engine used to pollute the atmosphere of the caged monkeys was a VW Beetle.
Another thing that the research group was accused of is human test subjects being exposed to nitrogen dioxide and exposing human beings to something potentially harmful is just inexcusable.
These tests cast dispersion regarding the ecological value of diesel fuel. They failed to provide evidence that diesel fuel is not harmful and the fact that the tests failed and represented a loss in quality of life for a few monkeys and a few humans demonstrates that inadequate care was taken during the planning process.
The EUGT was dismissed in 2016. The car companies that financed its existence decided that it wasn’t worth the bad press when everyone found out about what they were doing there so they claimed that they were unaware of the unethical tests.