"Posted by Scott Murray on Autotalk on January 30th, 2018
Ten monkeys and 25 human volunteers were used in separate vehicle emission testing exercises.
The New York Times broke over the weekend the story of an Albuquerque, New Mexico lab using Java monkeys for diesel emission testing in 2014, before the company’s “Dieselgate” scandal broke.
The ten monkeys were put in airtight chambers watching cartoons while inhaling diesel fumes from a Volkswagen Beetle in an experiment designed to falsify proof that the carmaker’s vehicle emissions were measurably less than in older vehicles.
The monkeys were subjected to four-hour sessions of inhaling the fumes. In a second test, the monkeys were forced to inhale fumes from an old Ford F250 for comparison.
The NY Times reveals all three German manufacturers, and Bosch, financed the European Research Group on Environment and Health in the Transport Sector (EUGT in German abbreviation) which had the experiment conducted. EUGT is now defunct after the Dieselgate controversy.
The sponsored research was designed to challenge the World Health Organization (WHO) which classified diesel exhaust as carcinogenic (potentially causing cancer) in 2012.
In 2013, EUGT also exposed human volunteers to similar nitrogen dioxide (NO2) gas-inhaling experiments at the University Clinic Aachen in Germany, with three-hour sessions of varying mixes of toxic fumes before being physically examined.