News Digest Item
14 Sep 2017

“Two years after dieselgate: carmakers present dirty diesel-SUVs and reject e-cars”

Environmental Action Germany

Two years after the diesel emissions fraud scandal broke in September 2015, German carmakers fail to come up with available e-car models at the Frankfurt Car Show (IAA) and instead present “more diesel-SUVs than ever before,” NGO Environmental Action Germany (DUH) says in a press release. “The number of German e-car models actually shrunk in 2017, while that of SUVs doubled”, DUH head Jürgen Resch said. The DUH says Chancellor Angela Merkel needed to do more than merely saying on TV that she is “really angry” with the carmakers. The Chancellor had to oblige carmakers to offer nothing but “clean diesel” cars by 2018 and help “the nine million duped owners of diesel cars” to prevent a loss in value of their vehicles due to driving bans in inner cities by forcing carmakers to retrofit the cars, Resch says.

Read the press release in German here.

See the CLEW article Frankfurt car show puts spotlight on German carmakers’ troubles and the factsheet “Dieselgate” – a timeline of Germany’s car emissions fraud scandal for background.

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