“The new German wave of scrappage”
It is still unclear if so-called “environmental bonuses” offered by German car manufacturers to customers switching away from an old diesel car would actually help protect the environment, writes Martin Gropp in an opinion piece for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. If customers used the high bonus to hand in their small passenger car and exchanged it for a much larger one, the fuel usage and emissions balance was not necessarily positive, writes Gropp. “The individual case will decide if the environmental bonus actually helps the environment.”
Read the opinion piece in German here.
Find background material on the carmakers’ fight for the top-spot in e-mobility in the dossier, and more on the diesel summit’s outcome in the CLEW article German carmakers pledge diesel software updates and buyer’s bonus.