German Environment Minister Not Convinced By Diesel Software Fixes

Svenja Schulze, Germany’s Environment minister, isn’t so sure that software fixes applied to diesel vehicles will completely resolve their emissions problems.

Speaking to German newspaper Tagesspiegel, Schulze said that the only way to avoid car bans is for diesel vehicles to be retrofitted with expensive hardware changes.

“I fear that in cities where the limits have been far exceeded – Munich, Stuttgart and others – software updates alone will not suffice. The many measures from the immediate program for clean air, such as electrification of buses, are good and will help many cities, but overall they aren’t enough to solve the problem in cities that are particularly badly affected.

“In my view [technical updates are the] only realistic way to avoid driving bans,” she said.

The German car industry supports 800,000 jobs

The minister continued by saying that retrofits are needed in particularly badly affected areas in roughly 20 cities, where software updates won’t be enough to control NOx emissions, Reuters reports.

Ever since the Volkswagen dieselgate scandal broke, there has been a strong backlash against diesels, particularly in Europe. Numerous cities have already announced driving bans for diesel vehicles, but German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to avoid them alltogether.

In late February, the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig, Germany ruled that cities across the country could ban older diesel-powered vehicles. In response, Stuttgart may ban Euro-4 vehicles next January and Euro-5 models in the fall of 2019. Moreover, other cities may introduce bans in the coming months if no other solutions can be found.

  • LWOAP

    “Speaking to German newspaper Tagesspiegel, Schulze said that the only way to avoid car bans is for diesel vehicles to be retrofitted with expensive hardware changes.”

    And who’s going to foot the bill if something like that was to actually get implemented? No way the people who owns diesels powered cars can afford that. What about the manufacturer? With the amount of diesel cars in Europe, it’d be pretty damn expensive to do so for new and used cars.

    • Moveon Libtards

      Germany has really fallen. Where are all those *Envio* Germans protesting in the street? I guess they turn a blind eye when they commit the environmental crimes. Funny how suddenly it cost too much…

  • Moveon Libtards

    Germany is such a corrupt, backward nation these days. A bunch of scammers and skeemers. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cebf36871d72d430ff6368a34e2a4a51d2629e4884dabb1e713d636e772ff2a0.jpg

  • Dr Strangefingger

    How lomg has this issue been dragging on???? WTF?? Why is this company still allowed to operate??

    • LWOAP

      Because they are an economic powerhouse in Germany. I doubt Germany will run Volkswagen out of business over dieselgate. This issue will drag on for a bit longer but it will eventually die down.

      • Miknik

        Sadly, that is true. They can cheat and/or bribe what they want, but since a while they are way too large to fail, in terms of impact on Germany’s economy.

        • LeStori

          Do you think the Chinese are more honorable? I suspect not!. They are currently trying to dominate the EV market. We will see how well that works out for the world.

    • Matt

      Do you want to see VW die?

  • LeStori

    “After the Kyoto Protocol in 1997, European governments threw their
    weight behind diesel cars as a way to hit their CO2-reduction targets,
    since they emitted way less CO2 than their gasoline-powered brothers.
    Governments have since spent billions subsidizing the fuel to make it
    cheaper than petrol, and other incentives, like taxing new diesel
    registrations at lower rates than petrol cars.” (Quartz)

    Well German Enviroment Minister Svenja Schultze, that worked out well… Hopefully EVs will not be as “succesful” in saving the planet otherwise we are all doomed.

  • Kyle Newberry

    Literally don’t even car that dieselgate happened. Such a huge waste of time and energy and money over something that hardly effects the current of CO2 levels anyways.

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