Carmaker rolls back on hail-busting cannons after farmers say they sparked a drought
22 August 2018
Volkswagen is reversing course on the use of controversial weather-altering technology at a
major Mexican car plant after local farmers complained that the system caused drought by
The German carmaker had installed hail cannons, which fire shockwaves into the atmosphere,
at its Puebla site to prevent the formation of ice stones that had been damaging finished vehicles
parked outside its facility.
But local farmers said the devices, which were set to fire automatically under certain weather
conditions, caused a drought during the months that should have been Mexico’s rainy season.
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