Recharge Wrap-up: Maine, UK owners sue VW over emissions cheat

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Motorsport Network has invested in Formula E. The decision to acquire a shareholding (the financial terms of which haven't been disclosed) in the electric racing series is a result of an increased interest in the race and in EVs from the company's various audiences. "This is the fusion of two future-focused businesses that are re-shaping motor racing for the digital generation that will bring the benefit of the most integrated and extensive motoring and motorsport media operation to our series," says Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag. Read more at

Maine is suing VW for violating environmental regulations. The Pine Tree State joins a growing number of other states taking action against the German automaker over its diesel emissions testing "cheat devices." About 3,500 affected cars were sold in Maine. Attorney General Janet Mills says, "We will not tolerate the flouting of our state's environmental laws, the legacy of Senators Ed Muskie and George Mitchell," who worked on the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act, respectively. Read more from the Portland Press Herald.

Volkswagen owners in the UK are seeking compensation over the diesel emissions scandal. British law firm Harcus Sinclair has launched a group action on behalf of the owners. The firm says it will argue that customers "received a vehicle that should never have been licensed for sale because it did not meet the required emissions standards," and that "the Court will assess the difference between what you paid for your vehicle and the inherent value of what you actually received." VW says it will defend itself, as it expects no decline in residual value of the vehicles. There are some 1.2 million affected vehicles in the UK, and 10,000 owners have already signed up for the legal action. Read more from Automotive News Europe .

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