Diesel ban will speed up transformation of car industry
The landmark court ruling on diesel driving bans causes “alarm in diesel country,” because 60 to 80 percent of all cars sold by Audi, Daimler, and BMW in Germany in the past years had a diesel engine, writes Thomas Fromm in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. “This is what makes the verdict so explosive. Faster than planned, the industry faces one of the largest transformations in its history, and cars with alternative propulsion systems might be headed for their breakthrough.” The industry’s exit from the diesel has started already, even if slowly, Fromm writes with reference to Porsche’s recent announcement that it has dropped diesel cars from its current lineup.
Read the article in German here.
Find background in the CLEW article Court ruling opens door for diesel bans in German cities, the factsheet Diesel driving bans in Germany – The Q&A, and the dossier BMW, Daimler and VW vow to fight in green transport revolution.