VW Suspends Executive for Testing Diesel Emissions on Monkeys

Plus Earnhardt's ride, California EVs, and more.

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Welcome to The Grid, R&T's quick roundup of the auto industry and motorsports news you should know this morning.


Monkey Trials

Earlier this week, it was reported that EUGT, a defunct company funded by VW, BMW and Daimler, was conducting emissions tests where it'd have monkeys, and possibly humans, breathe diesel fumes for hours at a time. It's as bad as it sounds.

Now, , its head of government relations, over the tests. Steg knew about the tests but didn't inform Martin Winterkorn, then the head of VW. Steg said that he rejected a proposal for testing on humans and felt that it shouldn't have taken place when monkeys were used instead.

An Earnhardt in 2018

Yes, Dale Jr. retired at the end of the 2017 season, but there'll still be an Earnhardt in NASCAR this year. Jeffrey Earnhardt, Dale Jr.'s nephew, will with StarCom Racing in 2018. This will be the 40th year straight that an Earnhardt has run the Daytona 500.

California's EV Goals

California has , and it now appears on track to exceed that number. With 350,000 already on the road, it's made a good start. But it will be a massive challenge to meet the goal Governor Brown has set for 5 million on the road by 2030.

Daytona TV Ratings

While this year's Daytona 24 didn't have Jeff Gordon racing, it had a lot of other storylines, like the debut of Acura Team Penske, Fernando Alonso running a DPi, and a stacked GT field. But that wasn't enough . The opening stint on Fox had 606,000 viewers, with the end on FS1 at 324,000 viewers. Last year, it was 714,000. Still, this year was better than 2016.

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