“Bosch fights diesel driving ban”
German engineering heavyweight Bosch is going to bridle at the impending driving ban for cars with diesel engines in its hometown Stuttgart, Susanne Preuss and Carsten Knop write in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Bosch CEO Volkmar Denner argues the path to cleaner air should be pursued “technology-neutral”, saying that “competition for the best solution was always what encouraged creativity in our industry”, the newspaper reports. Denner said the “demonisation” of a technology would only “alienate customers”, calling for a “fact-based discussion”. Sales figures of diesel cars are falling in Germany and, in addition to Stuttgart, many other cities are working on legal concepts to curb the use of the technology within their boundaries, the authors write. Bosch is the world’s largest supplier of diesel technology, employing about 50,000 people in this branch alone, they add.
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