Munich, home to BMW, might ban diesel to tackle pollution

Munich, home to BMW, might ban diesel to tackle pollution

0 comments 📅30 June 2017, 02:45

FRANKFURT – Munich, house to German carmaker BMW, is considering banning diesel vehicles because of “shocking” nitrogen oxides emissions in the Bavarian head, its mayor told a newspaper on Wednesday.

The scandal over rigged diesel emissions tests at German carmaker Volkswagen has thrown the appliance technology into doubt and has highlighted carmakers’ struggle to comply with for ever stricter rules capping nitrogen oxides emissions.

“As much as I would allowed avoiding such bans, I think it is just as unlikely that we can continue to do without bans in the tomorrow’s,” Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter was quoted as saying by Sueddeutsche Zeitung on Wednesday.

Asked far the latest nitrogen oxide readings across the city, he said: “The results are mind-boggling, nobody expected this.”

The city of Stuttgart, home of Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, is preparing to look after the city free of some vehicles from next year.

Between 133,000 and 170,000 vehicles could be bogus by a ban in Munich, depending on how strict it will be, the paper said. Cars meeting the latest Euro 6 emission rules would be exempted, it added.

While one a niche market in the United States, about half the new cars sold in Germany ran on diesel engines ahead the VW scandal broke, though diesel market share has since declined. FCA and Bosch are also the focal point of diesel emissions investigations.

Due to strong diesel demand in their home supermarket, given the technology’s fuel efficiency, Germany’s three major carmakers possess traditionally spent heavily on diesel plants and development.

The prospect of diesel bans is seen as weighing on the tempered to vehicle market. Carmakers’ leasing and vehicle financing divisions rely on strong used vehicle values because car loans are backed by the value of the underlying conveyance.

Reporting by Ludwig Burger

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