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  • 12 Oct 2016 |

    BMW, Daimler, and VW vow to fight in green transport revolution

    The Energiewende and German carmakers 12 Oct 2016 In Germany, the birthplace of the automobile, three iconic carmakers, BMW, Daimler, and VW, are facing the greatest challenge in their history: The mobility revolution to create a green transport future. ...
  • 09 Mar 2016 |

    Car giant Germany struggles to ignite Energiewende in transportation

    The energy transition and Germany’s transport sector 09 Mar 2016 When it comes to the automobile, Germany flaunts unique gravitas. The German engineer Karl Benz invented the first automobile powered by an internal combustion engine 130 years ago. Today, ...
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  • 23 May 2019 |

    Daimler CEO announces sweeping cost review as he bows out; new Group structure

    23 May 2019, 12:19 Expert Daimler AG Business & Jobs Cars Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Cars Reuters / Daimler Daimler’s outgoing Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche has announced a sweeping cost review ...
  • 17 May 2019 |

    Teenage Fridays For Future activist challenges German carmaker BMW at AGM

    17 May 2019, 13:00 Expert BMW- Bayerische Motoren Werke Bavarian Motor Works Cars Transport Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Cars Süddeutsche Zeitung The 18-year old student and ...
  • 07 May 2019 |

    BMW’s profit falls 74 percent after setting aside 1.4 billion euros for possible EU fine

    07 May 2019, 13:30 Expert BMW- Bayerische Motoren Werke Bavarian Motor Works Cars Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Cars Financial Times Operating profits at German carmaker BMW plunged 78 percent in the ...
  • 03 Apr 2019 |

    German e-car pioneer says cars should have smaller battery and hydrogen fuel cell

    03 Apr 2019, 12:16 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Cars Clean Energy Wire Extending the range of battery-based electric cars with an additional hydrogen fuel cell makes more sense from an economic and environmental ...
  • 30 Apr 2019 |

    Bosch makes another bet on fuel cell technology

    30 Apr 2019, 13:14 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Cars Bloomberg Bosch, the world’s largest auto-parts supplier, says it continues to believe that hydrogen fuel cell trucks and cars will play a key role in future ...
  • 27 Mar 2019 |

    German finance minister wants to extend electric car incentives

    27 Mar 2019, 12:29 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Cars Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Reuters Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said he wants to extend tax incentives for buyers of electric vehicles and plug-in ...
  • 20 Mar 2019 |

    Porsche backs Volkswagen’s e-car strategy shift, raises voting rights share

    20 Mar 2019, 13:18 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Reuters / Süddeutsche Zeitung The holding company of luxury carmaker Porsche SE has increased its voting rights share in Volkswagen and ...
  • 16 Apr 2019 |

    Volkswagen bets big on electric vehicles – and on China

    16 Apr 2019, 13:24 Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Rachel Waldholz Cars Deutsche Welle / Reuters / Clean Energy Wire Volkswagen aims to produce 22 million electric vehicles over the next decade- ...
  • 15 Apr 2019 |

    German motor authority probes more Mercedes emissions software

    15 Apr 2019, 12:05 Expert Federal Motor Transport Authority Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt Cars Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Cars Bild am Sonntag / Reuters Germany’s motor vehicle authority KBA is investigating ...
  • 15 Apr 2019 |

    German carmakers want govt support to expand alternative drives – media

    15 Apr 2019, 12:07 Expert BMW- Bayerische Motoren Werke Bavarian Motor Works Cars Transport Expert Daimler AG Business & Jobs Cars Transport Expert VDA- German Association of the Automotive Industry Transport Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Use ...
  • 08 Apr 2019 |

    EU charges German carmakers with colluding to block clean emissions technology

    08 Apr 2019, 12:35 Expert BMW- Bayerische Motoren Werke Bavarian Motor Works Cars Transport Expert Daimler AG Business & Jobs Cars Transport Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Edgar Meza Cars ...
  • 13 Mar 2019 |

    Germany needs 10 million e-cars for 2030 climate targets – transport minister

    13 Mar 2019, 14:13 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars dpa / Focus Online Germany needs 10 million electric cars on the road by 2030 to reach its climate targets, according to transport minister ...
  • 14 Feb 2019 |

    Germany likely to extend buyers’ premium for electric cars – report

    14 Feb 2019, 14:12 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars BMW, Daimler, and VW vow to fight in green transport revolution EU e-car registrations surpass 100,000 in 2018 Global e-car registrations ...
  • 07 Feb 2019 |

    Volkswagen’s electric strategy shift “risky bet” but may yield dominance of e-car market

    07 Feb 2019, 13:52 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Cars "Dieselgate"- a timeline of Germany's car emissions fraud scandal BMW, Daimler, and VW vow to fight in green transport revolution Reuters The ...
  • 07 Feb 2019 |

    Regulatory changes spell trouble for Germany’s e-car charging stations

    07 Feb 2019, 13:35 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars BMW, Daimler, and VW vow to fight in green transport revolution Tagesspiegel Background Operators of e-car charging stations in Germany ...
  • 31 Jan 2019 |

    Demand for electric cars is higher in the countryside than in cities – report

    31 Jan 2019, 13:13 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Wirtschaftswoche Inhabitants of Germany’s rural areas are more interested in buying an electric car than city dwellers, reports Thomas ...
  • 25 Jan 2019 |

    Volkswagen to create battery production unit in push for e-car mass production

    25 Jan 2019, 14:28 Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Dieselgate forces VW to embrace green mobility Reuters / Volkswagen German carmaker Volkswagen said ...
  • 24 Jan 2019 |

    German car industry ponders autonomous driving mega alliance

    24 Jan 2019, 12:08 Expert BMW- Bayerische Motoren Werke Bavarian Motor Works Cars Transport Expert Daimler AG Business & Jobs Cars Transport Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel ...
  • 24 Jan 2019 |

    E-cars given advantage over alternative fuel vehicles – report

    24 Jan 2019, 12:11 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars BMW, Daimler, and VW vow to fight in green transport revolution Economic Trends Research Taxes and other regulatory burdens are much ...
  • 16 Jan 2019 |

    VW and Ford eye deals on EVs, self-driving cars

    16 Jan 2019, 13:32 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Cars BMW, Daimler, and VW vow to fight in green transport revolution Car giant Germany struggles to ignite Energiewende in transportation Dieselgate forces VW to embrace ...
  • 22 Jan 2019 |

    Porsche and Audi ramp up production capacities ahead of e-car launch- report

    22 Jan 2019, 13:17 Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars BMW, Daimler, and VW vow to fight in green transport revolution Automobilwoche / Electrive / Electrek ...
  • 14 Feb 2019 |

    EU concessions mean some German cities may avoid diesel bans

    14 Feb 2019, 14:15 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars "Dieselgate"- a timeline of Germany's car emissions fraud scandal Diesel driving bans in Germany – The Q&A Tagesspiegel ...
  • 13 Feb 2019 |

    Diesel making a comeback in Germany – report

    13 Feb 2019, 13:19 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages r.waldholz Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars "Dieselgate"- a timeline of Germany's car emissions fraud scandal Working paper by Germany’s clean mobility commission sparks ...
  • 07 Feb 2019 |

    Daimler’s dividend cut shows German carmakers have reached crisis mode – media

    07 Feb 2019, 13:46 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Cars "Dieselgate"- a timeline of Germany's car emissions fraud scandal BMW, Daimler, and VW vow to fight in green transport revolution Car giant ...
  • 03 Jan 2019 |

    More than 300,000 car owners join lawsuit against VW over emissions cheating

    03 Jan 2019, 11:55 VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Read more about VW- Volkswagen VZBV- Federation of German Consumer Organisations Cost & Prices Read more about VZBV- Federation of German Consumer Organisations Use Teaser Image as container background ...
  • 04 Jan 2019 |

    Share of pure electric vehicles in Germany’s new car registrations rises to one percent in 2018

    04 Jan 2019, 13:34 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars "Dieselgate"- a timeline of Germany's car emissions fraud scandal BMW, Daimler, and VW vow to fight in green transport ...
  • 04 Jan 2019 |

    Opposition FDP warns against “fixation” on e-cars

    04 Jan 2019, 13:33 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars BMW, Daimler, and VW vow to fight in green transport revolution dpa / Focus Germany’s business-friendly Free Democrats (FDP) have warned ...
  • 30 Jan 2019 |

    VW’s private customers order more diesel vehicles in 2018

    30 Jan 2019, 13:40 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars "Dieselgate"- a timeline of Germany's car emissions fraud scandal BMW, Daimler, and VW vow to fight in green transport ...
  • 31 Jan 2019 |

    VW plans to license e-mobility chassis to competitors

    31 Jan 2019, 11:58 Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars BMW, Daimler, and VW vow to fight in green transport revolution Dieselgate forces VW to embrace green ...
  • 19 Dec 2018 |

    Greatest threat to car industry jobs are not climate targets, but uninspired carmakers – op-ed

    19 Dec 2018, 13:52 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars BMW, Daimler, and VW vow to fight in green transport revolution ARD The outcry from German carmakers over new EU fleet emission targets are a ...
  • 19 Dec 2018 |

    Volkswagen says it may have to step up e-car plans to meet new EU CO2 targets

    19 Dec 2018, 13:49 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Dieselgate forces VW to embrace green mobility Reuters Volkswagen will likely have to step up its plans for electric car mass production to ...
  • 24 Jan 2019 |

    Mobility transition more challenging for government than Energiewende

    24 Jan 2019, 12:10 Expert Agora Verkehrswende Think tank on energy transition in the transport sector Cars Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Research minister urges companies to ...
  • 22 Jan 2019 |

    BMW and Daimler eye autonomous driving alliance- report

    22 Jan 2019, 13:28 Expert BMW- Bayerische Motoren Werke Bavarian Motor Works Cars Transport Expert Daimler AG Business & Jobs Cars Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars BMW, Daimler, ...
  • 20 Dec 2018 |

    Alternative fuel cars on growth path – dena

    20 Dec 2018, 13:59 dena- German Energy Agency Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Efficiency Shaping a new integrated energy system and decoupling growth and emissions will require a much more efficient use of energy. Under the headline “Efficiency”, ...
  • 24 Jan 2019 |

    Autobahn speed limit: good for climate and safety, or a useless loss of freedom?

    24 Jan 2019, 12:07 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars NGO triggering diesel bans now eyes speed limit on German Autobahn The task force in charge of steering Germany to clean mobility Working ...
  • 08 Jan 2019 |

    Germany’s diesel crisis causes staff layoffs at Bosch

    08 Jan 2019, 13:26 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Cars "Dieselgate"- a timeline of Germany's car emissions fraud scandal BMW, Daimler, and VW vow to fight in green transport revolution The task force in ...
  • 11 Dec 2018 |

    Germany opposes stricter EU car emission limits again

    11 Dec 2018, 13:37 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Reuters / Transport & Environment Due to German and Austrian resistance to more ambitious car emission limits, the European Union has ...
  • 07 Dec 2018 |

    “Thank you, Elon Musk, for showing German car managers the ropes“ – commentary

    07 Dec 2018, 14:37 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars WirtschaftsWoche Tesla CEO Elon Musk was highly influential in shifting the strategy of German carmakers away from the combustion engine, in ...
  • 03 Jan 2019 |

    German manufacturers seen catching up on e-mobility in 2019

    03 Jan 2019, 11:57 Bratzel Cars Transport Read more about Bratzel VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Read more about VW- Volkswagen Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages j.wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars BMW, Daimler, and VW vow to fight ...
  • 09 Jan 2019 |

    Volkswagen plans green power alternative to Tesla’s energy push

    09 Jan 2019, 12:03 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Battered utilities take on start-ups in innovation race BMW, Daimler, and VW vow to fight in green transport revolution Dieselgate forces ...
  • 02 Jan 2019 |

    First city-wide, all-year diesel driving ban takes effect in Stuttgart, home of Daimler and Porsche

    02 Jan 2019, 13:23 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages j.wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Diesel driving bans in Germany – The Q&A SWR Germany’s first extensive all-year driving ban for older diesel vehicles has taken effect in ...
  • 19 Dec 2018 |

    New EU fleet emission limits are a “pointless harassment” – commentary

    19 Dec 2018, 13:55 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung The new EU car fleet emission limits will likely push carmakers to the limit, argues Hendrik Kafsack in an ...
  • 20 Dec 2018 |

    “Whose fault is the CO2 insanity of the EU?”- Bild Zeitung

    20 Dec 2018, 14:04 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages k.appunn Cars Bild Zeitung Stricter EU CO2 limits for cars “threaten the German car industry with a total loss that nobody can repair”, Tom Drechsler writes in Germany’s largest ...
  • 11 Dec 2018 |

    Daimler buys battery cells for more than 20 billion euros

    11 Dec 2018, 13:46 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Clean Energy Wire Germany’s Daimler, the maker of Mercedes cars, has ordered battery cells worth more than 20 billion euros by 2030. “Our ...
  • 10 May 2019 |

    Germany’s e-car newcomer e.GO starts delivery of compact car

    10 May 2019, 13:26 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Start-ups Clean Energy Wire German E-car start-up e.GO has started to deliver its compact car model e.GO Life in a bid to stir up the country’s automotive ...
  • 05 Dec 2018 |

    VW plans climate-neutral production of ID Neo model, successor of E-Golf

    05 Dec 2018, 13:48 Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Handelsblatt Carmaker VW is planning the climate-neutral production of its upcoming electric model ID ...
  • 18 Mar 2019 |

    Volkswagen threatens to leave Germany’s car lobby VDA in spat over e-cars

    18 Mar 2019, 13:55 Expert VDA- German Association of the Automotive Industry Transport Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Technology Welt am Sonntag / Tagesspiegel German ...
  • 03 Jan 2019 |

    ICCT EU stats: e-cars emit less CO2 over lifetime than combustion cars

    03 Jan 2019, 12:00 ICCT- International Council on Clean Transportation Transport Read more about ICCT- International Council on Clean Transportation Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages j.wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Transport Cars ...
  • 18 Dec 2018 |

    German car industry decries EU agreement on 2030 car fleet emission limits

    18 Dec 2018, 11:24 VDA- German Association of the Automotive Industry Transport Read more about VDA- German Association of the Automotive Industry Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Business & ...
  • Free-floating car sharing has minor impact on car ownership - report

    Car sharing schemes differ greatly in their impact on users’ car ownership, according to a report published by the car sharing association bcs. Whereas car sharing businesses using fixed stations for pick-up appear to have reduced car ownership ...
  • 08 Sep 2017 |

    Frankfurt car show puts spotlight on German carmakers’ troubles

    08 Sep 2017 (All day) Dieselgate, looming driving bans in German cities, an election debate on phasing out combustion engines, and the rapid ascent of e-car rival Tesla – this year’s Frankfurt car show (IAA) comes at an awkward time for German carmakers. ...
  • VW CEO Diess says clean car policies “threaten the very existence” of Germany’s car industry

    Stricter EU emission limits and new, more realistic exhaust gas testing methods were pushing the car industry to the “brink of collapse,” Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess said at an event on 16 October, Spiegel Online reports. He lamented that the current ...
  • EU car emissions deal spells end of car industry as we know it – opinion

    The ministers’ agreement on EU car CO₂ emissions limits would “mark no less than the end of the car industry as we know it,” writes Markus Fasse in an opinion piece in Handelsblatt, adding that it would basically push combustion engine cars out of the ...
  • National mobility platform head says e-cars will cost as much as conventional cars by 2025

    In Germany, electric cars could cost the same as cars with conventional engines by 2025, Henning Kagermann, head of the country’s new “ National Platform Future of Mobility ” says in an interview carried by the energy policy newsletter Tagesspiegel ...
  • German car industry, NGOs trade blows over European Parliament’s car fleet emissions proposal

    The proposal by the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment to tighten emissions limits for new vehicles has triggered a lively debate in Germany. The country’s car industry association VDA called the proposal “highly alarming” and “unworkable, ...
  • 27 Jul 2017 |

    Reactions to allegations over German carmaker cartel

    27 Jul 2017 Germany's most important carmakers have met in "secret workshops" since the 1990s in order to reach agreements on technological standards and prices, according to a report by news magazine Der Spiegel. The companies allegedly ...
  • E-car pioneer predicts one million electric cars in Germany by 2022

    German e-car pioneer Günther Schuh, founder of the successful e-van company StreetScooter and inventor of the new compact e-car e.GO Life, says he is “optimistic” that there will be more than one million electric cars on the country’s roads by 2022, two ...
  • German car manufacturers and Ford open first ultra-fast electric car charging station

    Ionity, a joint venture between BMW, Daimler, Volkswagen, and Ford, has opened its first rapid charging station for electric vehicles, according to Die Welt. Six electric cars can simultaneously charge at the station, located in western Germany. Each ...
  • 29 Sep 2016 |

    VW, Daimler take key step for e-mobility at Paris Car Show

    29 Sep 2016 (All day) One year after the Dieselgate scandal hit the industry, German carmakers VW and Daimler unveiled their first models developed exclusively for an electric motor at the Paris Car Show on Thursday. Many industry experts say the move is ...
  • 14 May 2019 |

    Daimler aims for share of 50 percent e-cars in sales by 2030

    14 May 2019, 13:24 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Technology Clean Energy Wire The world’s oldest carmaker Daimler has said it aims to bring the share of e-cars in its sales to 50 percent by 2030 and to ...
  • Munich to test new e-car for taxi, car-sharing and goods transport services

    The city of Munich, home to carmaker BMW, will test a new multi-purpose (taxi, car-sharing, and goods transport) electric car developed by Adaptive City Mobility (ACM) as of autumn 2018, Andreas Schubert writes in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. The ACM car will ...
  • 09 May 2019 |

    World’s largest car supplier Bosch sets goal of being carbon neutral by 2020

    09 May 2019, 16:55 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Cars Efficiency Reuters [CORRECTION: We apologise for misspelling the author's name. The Reuters article is by Caroline Copley.] German automotive supplier Bosch ...
  • VW’s new super sports e-car accelerates faster than a Formula 1 car

    German car manufacturer Volkswagen has unveiled its fully electric super sports car, the I.D. R Pikes Peak. The car can accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in 2.25 seconds, which is faster than Formula 1 and Formula E cars, writes Volkswagen in a ...
  • 20 May 2019 |

    Economists call for city-toll instead of diesel driving bans in Germany

    20 May 2019, 13:30 Expert RWI- Rhineland-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Utilities Cost & Prices Electricity market Business & Jobs Use Teaser Image as container background on ...
  • 14 May 2019 |

    Volkswagen enters battery cell production in Germany

    14 May 2019, 13:06 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Technology Clean Energy Wire Heavyweight carmaker Volkswagen has announced the launch of a battery cell production facility that will be operated in ...
  • 03 Apr 2019 |

    Gas group Linde says it is “absolutely sure” there is a future for hydrogen cars

    03 Apr 2019, 14:18 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Gas Cars Clean Energy Wire It is certain that hydrogen will be used on a large scale in future cars, according to German industrial gas supplier Linde. “We’re ...
  • 02 Apr 2019 |

    Tesla’s Model 3 overtakes BMW and Daimler in e-car sales after launch in Europe

    02 Apr 2019, 13:56 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Cars International Clean Energy Wire The new Model 3 by US e-car pioneer Tesla has overtaken German car industry heavyweights Daimler and BMW in European e-car ...
  • Daimler becomes sole owner of car2go on road to car-sharing venture with BMW

    German premium carmaker Daimler will buy its long-standing joint venture partner Europcar’s 25 percent stake in car2go in its quest for greener pastures that might even include a car-sharing alliance with German rival BMW, reports Reuters. With the move, ...
  • Clear cost advantage of battery electric car vs combustion engine car with same emissions in 2030

    By 2030, the total purchase, maintenance and operation costs of a battery electric vehicle will be significantly lower than those of a conventional car that emits the same amount of greenhouse gases, according to a study published by the Institute for ...
  • Electric cars much cleaner than internal combustion engine cars over lifetime - ICCT

    A typical electric car today produces just half of the greenhouse gas emissions of an average European passenger car over its life cycle of manufacturing, fuel cycle and use, writes the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) in a review ...
  • 22 Mar 2019 |

    “How the car industry hid the truth about diesel emissions”

    22 Mar 2019, 13:28 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Cities The Guardian In a long article, British newspaper The Guardian explores the history of the dieselgate scandal, which involved most German carmakers. ...
  • 01 Apr 2019 |

    Germans more sceptical about e-cars than other Europeans – survey

    01 Apr 2019, 14:03 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Society Clean Energy Wire No other country in Europe is as sceptical of the success of e-mobility as Germany, an international survey commissioned by energy ...
  • 17 Apr 2019 |

    Oil industry fights preference for electric mobility

    17 Apr 2019, 13:18 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Transport Cars Handelsblatt Managers of BP, Exxon-Mobil, Shell and Total are opposing the push for electric mobility by Germany’s major car manufacturers, writes ...
  • 11 Apr 2019 |

    The twilight of combustion comes for Germany’s empire of engines

    11 Apr 2019, 12:30 Expert BMW- Bayerische Motoren Werke Bavarian Motor Works Cars Transport Expert Daimler AG Business & Jobs Cars Transport Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang ...
  • 10 Apr 2019 |

    Germany’s science academy says driving bans unsuitable to improve air quality

    10 Apr 2019, 13:29 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Transport Cars Clean Energy Wire Germany needs a profound shift to a renewable transport system to improve local air quality instead of ineffective diesel driving bans ...
  • 09 Apr 2019 |

    Pure focus on electric mobility wrong – German transport minister

    09 Apr 2019, 12:44 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Transport Cars Tagesspiegel German transport minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) doesn’t want a decision for “transport technology of the future” to be made prematurely, ...
  • 03 Apr 2019 |

    Merkel calls for “radical shift” in German mobility sector

    03 Apr 2019, 12:19 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Transport Cars Reuters German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for a radical shift in mobility to ensure the country reaches its 2030 climate targets, reports ...
  • 27 Mar 2019 |

    Commentators blame transport minister for failure of mobility commission

    27 Mar 2019, 12:27 Expert BMVI- Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Transport Cars Clean Energy ...
  • Chief car lobbyist Wissman: Those who fight diesel today will fight e-car tomorrow

    Germany’s leading lobbyist for the car industry, Matthias Wissmann, says that those opponents of the use of cars who today fight for the condemnation of diesel cars in the wake of the emissions fraud scandal will eventually turn against electric cars as ...
  • 21 Feb 2019 |

    Car-sharing usage up in Germany

    21 Feb 2019, 13:32 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Mobility Cars BMW, Daimler, and VW vow to fight in green transport revolution Car giant Germany struggles to ignite Energiewende in transportation Deutsche Welle ...
  • 11 Feb 2019 |

    EU e-car registrations surpass 100,000 in 2018

    11 Feb 2019, 14:09 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars International BMW, Daimler, and VW vow to fight in green transport revolution Share of pure electric vehicles in Germany’s new car ...
  • 11 Feb 2019 |

    E-car roll-out to take billions in grid investment as researchers explore alternatives

    11 Feb 2019, 14:22 Expert EnBW EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG Business & Jobs Electricity market Utilities Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Grid Cars Energiewende hinges on unblocking ...
  • 13 Mar 2019 |

    EU rebuffs German call for more lax NOx limits in “slap in the face” – report

    13 Mar 2019, 14:07 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Cars International Süddeutsche Zeitung The EU Commission has “brusquely” rebuffed a German call for a reappraisal of existing nitrogen oxide limits in what amounts to ...
  • 07 Mar 2019 |

    EU rebukes Germany over lack of green fuels service stations, mulls proceedings

    07 Mar 2019, 13:38 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Transport Cars Welt Online The EU Commission has criticised the German government for not making sufficient progress on setting up a ...
  • New e-car maker e.GO scales up expansion plans – up to 100,000 cars per year

    Thanks to unexpectedly strong demand, new budget e-car maker e.GO has expanded its production plans, reports public broadcaster WDR. The company aims to make up to 100,000 electric vehicles per year, considerably scaling up original plans for 20,000 cars. ...
  • 26 Feb 2019 |

    Germany promotes e-mobility but many have doubts

    26 Feb 2019, 14:27 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Rachel Waldholz Cars Society The Verge German car companies have announced major initiatives to promote electric vehicles, but not everyone is convinced, reports US tech site The ...
  • 22 Feb 2019 |

    BMW, Daimler to invest more than 1 bln euros in joint mobility services

    22 Feb 2019, 13:45 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Mobility Cars BMW, Daimler, and VW vow to fight in green transport revolution Early e-car starter BMW plans new mobility sprint Reluctant ...
  • BMW unveils eagerly awaitet new electric car at IAA car show

    German luxury carmaker BMW has unveiled its new all-electric model aimed at the mass market. BMW said the four-door sedan dubbed “i Vision Dynamics” will have a range of 600 kilometres. CEO Harald Krüger said his company is “electrifying the heart of the ...
  • BMW unveils electric car offensive ahead of Frankfurt car show

    In the run-up to the Frankfurt car show (IAA), premium carmaker BMW has updated its electric car plans with more all-electric models. “Let me make one thing very clear: in e-mobility, the BMW Group will also be the leading provider in the premium segment, ...
  • 11 Jan 2019 |

    Berlin start-up to transform 1000 city street lights into e-car charging stations

    11 Jan 2019, 14:03 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Cities Clean Energy Wire Berlin start-up Ubitricity will transform up to 1000 street lights in the German capital into charging stations for ...
  • 06 Feb 2019 |

    How Germany’s carmakers are transforming into tech companies

    06 Feb 2019, 14:06 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sven Egenter Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Technology BMW, Daimler, and VW vow to fight in green transport revolution German carmakers “at crossroads“- environment minister Greatest ...
  • 04 Feb 2019 |

    Group of companies aim for battery cell production in NRW

    04 Feb 2019, 14:06 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Research minister urges companies to launch domestic battery cell production Storage Cars BMW, Daimler, and VW vow to fight in green transport ...
  • Car industry expert Dudenhöffer says German carmakers should follow Volvo’s e-car lead

    Germany’s carmakers should follow the example of Swedish competitor Volvo and push for a quick transition towards electric cars, car industry expert Ferdinand Dudenhöffer told Frankfurter Rundschau. Dudenhöffer said he believed the Chinese car market will ...
  • 29 Jan 2019 |

    German government has no plans for autobahn speed limit

    29 Jan 2019, 13:37 Expert NPE- German National Platform for Electric Mobility Nationale Plattform Elektromobilität Transport Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Transport Cars NGO ...
  • 21 Jan 2019 |

    Working paper by Germany’s clean mobility commission sparks public outcry

    21 Jan 2019, 12:26 An internal working paper by the task force responsible for proposals to cut emissions from Germany’s transport sector has stirred public controversy. Federal transport minister Andreas Scheuer, whose own ministry appointed the ...
  • 14 Dec 2018 |

    BMW and Porsche unveil new e-car supercharger that is twice as quick as Tesla’s

    14 Dec 2018, 14:36 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Technology manager magazin German car companies BMW and Porsche have introduced a super-fast charging station for e-cars that can provide ...
  • 13 Dec 2018 |

    German carmakers discover Formula E racing series as e-car development lab

    13 Dec 2018, 14:39 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Technology Spiegel Online Carmakers in Germany are increasingly ramping up their activities in the Formula E racing series as a “technology ...
  • 11 Jan 2019 |

    German city of Kiel tests nitrogen oxide removal device to avoid diesel bans

    11 Jan 2019, 13:55 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Cities Kieler Nachrichten The northern German city of Kiel is about to test an extraction system that removes nitrogen oxide (NOx) from the ...
  • Car lobby: Those who want to ban diesel cars are against climate protection

    The German car industry has stepped up its rhetoric against looming diesel car bans, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. “Whoever wants to ban diesel is also against climate protection,” said the head of the German carmakers’ association (VDA), ...
  • 18 Dec 2018 |

    CDU ponders how to rein in NGO pushing for diesel driving bans in Germany

    18 Dec 2018, 13:21 DUH- Environmental Action Germany Climate & CO2 Society Read more about DUH- Environmental Action Germany Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Politics Diesel driving bans in ...
  • 17 Dec 2018 |

    German federal states mull compensation claims against carmakers

    17 Dec 2018, 13:17 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Politics Rheinische Post / Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung At least two German federal states are considering legal action against carmakers for ...
  • 14 Dec 2018 |

    EU Court ruling allowing new diesel bans “next round in witch hunt on drivers” – commentary

    14 Dec 2018, 14:37 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Cities Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung The ruling by the European Court of Justice allowing cities to ban a new generation of “cleaner” diesel ...
  • 13 Dec 2018 |

    Germany secures direct access to Bolivian lithium reserves for battery production

    13 Dec 2018, 14:25 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Storage Cars Clean Energy Wire The German company ACISA has signed an agreement with state-owned Bolivian YLB group to cooperate on the ...
  • 13 Dec 2018 |

    Daimler sources electricity from wind farms no longer eligible for feed-in tariffs

    13 Dec 2018, 14:36 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Wind Cars Clean Energy Wire The production of all Mercedes cars in Germany will run on CO2-free energy by 2022, according to parent company Daimler. ...
  • 30 Nov 2018 |

    BMW mulls converting hybrids to electric only mode in polluted cities

    30 Nov 2018, 15:05 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Cities Reuters German carmaker BMW has said that its hybrid cars could be converted to automatically disable the combustion engine when ...
  • 04 Oct 2018 |

    Germany’s 'huge step' to solve diesel crisis leaves NGOs unconvinced

    04 Oct 2018, 17:11 Germany’s government has decided to reduce emissions from diesel cars in polluted cities by swapping old models for new ones and retrofitting some older cars. Transport minister Andreas Scheuer and environment minister Svenja Schulze ...
  • 10 Apr 2018 |

    Economy minister Altmaier calls for mobility transition push

    10 Apr 2018 (All day) The current legislative period has to be used to significantly advance the mobility transition in Germany, ensuring that the country remains a technology leader, said economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier at a mobility ...
  • 22 Mar 2019 |

    Volkswagen launches battery alliance with Swedish producer Northvolt

    22 Mar 2019, 13:25 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Storage Cars International Clean Energy Wire Germany’s largest carmaker, Volkswagen, and Swedish battery producer Northvolt have announced a joint research ...
  • 24 May 2019 |

    Audi aims to sell one million e-cars per year by mid-2020s

    24 May 2019, 13:32 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Business & Jobs Clean Energy Wire German carmaker Audi has announced the goal of selling one million electric cars per year by the mid-2020s and to offer ...
  • 27 Feb 2018 |

    Court ruling opens door for diesel bans in German cities

    27 Feb 2018 (All day) German cities may ban diesel cars from polluted areas following a landmark court ruling. In a major blow to German carmakers still heavily relying on diesel car sales, and a victory for environmentalists, one of Germany’s top courts ...
  • 22 Feb 2018 |

    German top court postpones ruling on diesel driving bans

    22 Feb 2018 (All day) Germany’s Federal Administrative Court has postponed to next week a highly anticipated decision on whether polluted cities can ban diesel cars to improve air quality. The Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig said on Thursday that ...
  • 24 May 2019 |

    Italy’s Enel enters fast-growing German e-car charging market

    24 May 2019, 13:27 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Business & Jobs Handelsblatt Italian energy company Enel has announced it will enter the growing market for e-car charging stations in Germany, Kathrin ...
  • 20 May 2019 |

    Volkswagen to relocate production of cheaper e-car to Eastern Europe due to labour costs

    20 May 2019, 13:18 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Business & Jobs Handelsblatt The production of Volkswagen’s highly-anticipated low-cost e-car ID could be relocated to a factory in Eastern Europe and not ...
  • 27 Feb 2018 |

    Reactions to Germany's court ruling on diesel driving bans

    27 Feb 2018 (All day) Germany's Federal Administrative Court has ruled that cities can ban dirty diesel cars to improve local air quality. The Clean Energy Wire presents reactions to the landmark ruling from NGOs, politicians and industry ...
  • 15 Feb 2018 |

    German cities might test free public transport to cut pollution

    15 Feb 2018 (All day) In a bid to avoid EU fines for bad air quality, the German government has proposed to make public transport free of charge in polluted cities. But contradicting many press reports, the government clarified it had no plans for a ...
  • 09 May 2019 |

    VW’s Tesla attack gets real as e-car sales begin; start-up Sono Motors hits 10,000 pre-orders

    09 May 2019, 14:04 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Cars Start-ups Bloomberg / Clean Energy Wire Volkswagen is about to find out whether consumers will back its 30-billion-euro strategy to topple Tesla as the electric ...
  • 08 May 2019 |

    Start-up Sono Motors challenges industry giants with PV-clad electric car

    08 May 2019, 10:26 Clean Energy Wire is stepping up its business coverage and exploring how the commercial landscape is being transformed by Germany's energy transition. To showcase the upheaval underway in the world’s fourth largest economy, we' ...
  • 04 Apr 2019 |

    Daimler’s works council warns exclusive focus on battery cars akin to “Fukushima reaction”

    04 Apr 2019, 13:36 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Business & Jobs dpa / Focus Online An exclusive focus on supporting the development of battery electric mobility would be a risky strategy for German ...
  • 05 Apr 2019 |

    German e-car pioneer takes to the skies in hybrid “Silent Air Taxi”

    05 Apr 2019, 09:08 German e-car pioneer Günther Schuh, who runs the e-car startup  e.GO Mobile  and spearheaded the development of the  electric delivery van StreetScooter  now used by Deutsche Post DHL, has set his sights on conquering the air. Schuh, ...
  • Daimler partners with China’s Geely to make Smart a leading e-car brand

    29 Mar 2019, 14:09 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Business & Jobs International Clean Energy Wire German carmaker Daimler has teamed up with China’s Geely to develop the Daimler brand Smart into a “leader ...
  • 21 Mar 2019 |

    Business alliance calls on German government to speed up transition to e-cars

    21 Mar 2019, 12:29 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Business & Jobs Clean Energy Wire A group of five major companies has called on the German government to do more to promote electric vehicles (EVs). In a ...
  • German carmakers agree to bet on e-cars and hybrids, fuel cells not ready – media

    21 Mar 2019, 12:31 Expert VDA- German Association of the Automotive Industry Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Cars Business & Jobs Technology dpa / Focus Online BMW, Daimler and VW have settled a dispute ...
  • Mobility start-up ubitricity wants to revolutionise e-car charging

    03 Apr 2019, 13:13 Clean Energy Wire is stepping up its business coverage and exploring how the commercial landscape is being transformed by Germany's energy transition. To showcase the upheaval underway in the world’s fourth largest economy, we' ...
  • 19 Mar 2019 |

    Hardware retrofitting of manipulated diesel cars pushes up CO2 emissions – automobile club

    19 Mar 2019, 13:57 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Cars Clean Energy Wire Retrofitting manipulated diesel cars with hardware that reduces their output of harmful nitrogen oxide (NOx) can greatly ...
  • 19 Mar 2019 |

    Merkel says Germany needs e-cars for 2030 climate goal, faces “tough decisions”

    19 Mar 2019, 14:08 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sven Egenter Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire / Süddeutsche Zeitung Germany needs e-mobility to reach its 2030 emissions reduction targets in ...
  • 15 Mar 2019 |

    BMW and Daimler mull development of joint e-car platform to save billions in costs

    15 Mar 2019, 13:42 Expert BMW- Bayerische Motoren Werke Bavarian Motor Works Cars Transport Expert Daimler AG Business & Jobs Cars Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Business ...
  • 28 Mar 2019 |

    Average CO₂ emissions from new cars increase despite alternative drives- dena

    28 Mar 2019, 13:28 Expert dena- German Energy Agency Deutsche Energie-Agentur Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Efficiency Grid Technology Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Transport Clean Energy ...
  • 05 Mar 2019 |

    German e-car lamppost charging startup secures €20mio funding, Honda cooperation

    05 Mar 2019, 15:32 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Business & Jobs Clean Energy Wire Berlin e-car charging startup ubitricity has raised 20 million euros from new partner Honda and ...
  • 04 Mar 2019 |

    German carmakers plan €58 billion investment in e-mobility, self-driving cars

    04 Mar 2019, 13:33 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Rachel Waldholz Cars Business & Jobs Clean Energy Wire / The Daily Telegraph / Die Welt / Deutsche Welle German carmakers are planning a major investment in electric vehicles ...
  • 13 Feb 2019 |

    Global e-car registrations surge, BMW comes 6th and VW 9th – report

    13 Feb 2019, 13:14 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Business & Jobs BMW, Daimler, and VW vow to fight in green transport revolution Share of pure electric vehicles in Germany’s new car ...
  • VW plans internal carbon levy and carbon-neutral electric car production

    18 Feb 2019, 13:28 Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Rachel Waldholz Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Cars Business & Jobs Dieselgate forces VW to embrace green mobility Fear of public ...
  • 10 Oct 2016 |

    German states- New cars in EU should be emission-free by 2030

    10 Oct 2016 (All day) German federal states want to ensure that the sale of new diesel and petrol cars in the European Union ends by 2030, in order to protect the climate. The surprising cross-party initiative in the upper house of parliament (Bundesrat), ...
  • 07 Feb 2019 |

    Joint Daimler-TenneT project finds e-cars can stabilise power grid

    07 Feb 2019, 13:44 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Grid Storage Electricity storage is next feat for Germany’s energy transition Energiewende hinges on unblocking the power grid Sector coupling- Shaping an ...
  • 15 Jan 2019 |

    Drought and new car emissions test dampen German GDP growth in 2018 – ministry

    15 Jan 2019, 11:59 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Expert Destatis Federal Statistical Office- Statistisches Bundesamt ...
  • 24 Oct 2016 |

    Activists hope new climate unit signals transport ministry shift

    24 Oct 2016 (All day) Plans for a new climate department in Germany’s transport ministry could signal the issue will receive greater policy attention after years of neglect by the ministry, according to activists. But they also warn a new department alone ...
  • VW eyes phase-out of combustion engines, but says it will sell conventional cars into 2040s

    06 Dec 2018, 14:24 VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Read more about VW- Volkswagen Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Business & Jobs Technology Clean Energy Wire VW has said it will sell ...
  • 22 May 2019 |

    Investment needs to upgrade power grid for e-mobility “surprisingly low” – E.ON board member

    22 May 2019, 13:24 Expert E.ON Utility Business & Jobs Electricity market Utilities Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Grid Cars Utilities E.ON / Tagesspiegel Background E.ON's distribution grids in Germany ...
  • 06 Dec 2018 |

    Diesel cars still needed to meet climate targets, German carmakers say

    06 Dec 2018, 14:21 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Cars German Association of the Automotive Industry The German carmaker association VDA says the share of diesel cars has to rise ...
  • 05 Dec 2018 |

    Shift to electric cars will cost more than 100,000 jobs in Germany by 2035- study

    05 Dec 2018, 14:48 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Business & Jobs Institute for Employment Research (IAB) The shift to electric cars will lead to the loss of more than 100,000 jobs in ...
  • 29 Nov 2018 |

    Increase in engine performance major driver of rising total CO₂ emissions of passenger cars

    29 Nov 2018, 15:43 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages j.wettengel Climate & CO2 Cars Destatis An increase in the average engine performance of both diesel and petrol cars is one of the main reasons for the continuously increasing ...
  • Volkswagen announces plans for pure e-car factory in US

    29 Nov 2018, 16:29 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Business & Jobs International Reuters Germany’s biggest carmaker Volkswagen has unveiled plans to open a factory in the US that will ...
  • Germany’s VARTA steps up plans to mass produce electric car battery cells

    German battery maker VARTA has sealed a research agreement with the Fraunhofer Institute to lay the groundwork for the mass production of lithium-ion battery cells for electric cars as it seeks to take on Asian leaders in the sector, reports Ilona ...
  • “Build an e-car that’s at least half as sexy as a Tesla,”economy minister Altmaier tells German carmakers

    Germany’s economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier has urged the country’s mighty carmakers to finally “build an e-car that’s at least half as sexy as a Tesla,” the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. At a high-level debate with Volkswagen CEO ...
  • Volkswagen announces 44 billion euro-investment in e-cars and autonomous driving

    The Volkswagen Group has announced investments of nearly 44 billion euros in e-mobility, autonomous driving, digitalisation, and other modernisation measures. In a press release, Germany’s biggest carmaker says it wants to “ speed up the pace of ...
  • VW announces Europe’s biggest e-car factory in Zwickau, plans conversion of other plants

    Germany’s biggest carmaker VW has substantiated plans to transform its product line and drastically scale-up the share of electric cars by revealing plans for a major e-car factory in the eastern German city Zwickau. VW said in a press release it wants to ...
  • Car remains Germans’ favoured means of transport, but it stands still more than 23 hours per day

    Private cars remain the favoured means of transportation for most Germans, but they are only used for 45 minutes per day on average, a study commissioned by Germany’s transport ministry (BMVI) has found. About 43 percent of all trips are made with either ...
  • New car emissions tests partly to blame for German GDP dip – Unicredit

    The switch to the new car emission test procedure WLTP is one reason why Germany’s economy recorded a slight dip in the third quarter. “The latest weakness can be explained by a curious coincidence of special circumstances. For instance, there were ...
  • VW CEO Diess says company ready to build 50 million e-cars

    Germany’s biggest carmaker VW has said it is prepared to build 50 million e-cars and already has “sourced” the batteries needed to fulfil this goal, company CEO Herbert Diess told Automotive News in an interview. “This is a huge momentum coming, and ...
  • EU executive conditionally approves Daimler, BMW car-sharing deal

    The European Union’s competition authority has approved the plan of German luxury carmakers Daimler and BMW to combine their car-sharing businesses, subject to conditions, reports Gabriela Baczynska for Reuters. The deal includes car-sharing units Car2Go ...
  • VW looks at converting its Emden plant to build electric cars - report

    Carmaker VW will consider plans to convert its factories in Emden and Hanover to build electric cars at a strategy review on November 16, report Stefan Menzel and Martin Murphy in business daily Handelsblatt. The company’s plant in Emden near the North ...
  • Pure electric vehicle share of new car registrations rises to 1.3 percent in October

    The share of pure electric vehicles in Germany’s new car registrations climbed to 1.3 percent in October, as the number of new EVs increased 55 percent year-on-year, according to the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA). The share of hybrid cars rose ...
  • EU ministers’ proposal to cut CO₂ car emissions by 35 percent “not mature” – union head

    The proposed goal by EU ministers to cut the average CO₂ emissions of new passenger cars by 35 percent by 2030 is “not mature,” the head of the metal industry union IG Metall Jörg Hofmann told Alfons Frese in an interview with the Tagesspiegel. “I can& ...
  • China is crushing Europe’s electric car dreams

    Europe gave the world some of its top automakers, but it’s losing out to China in the race to define the industry’s future, writes Daniel Chane for CNN business. “It may be too late to catch up,” according to Chane. Energy analyst Simone Tagliapietra from ...
  • VW aims to sell more SUVs to finance development of electric and autonomous cars

    Car buyers around the world are “in love with SUVs,” Jürgen Stackmann, member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, told the news agency dpa. By 2025, every second car sold by VW would be an SUV. According to Stackmann, the ...
  • 19 Mar 2019 |

    VW’s strategy change shows little regard for industry suppliers – op-ed

    19 Mar 2019, 14:05 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Business & Jobs Handelsblatt The strategy shift towards electric vehicles announced by Volkswagen shows that Germany’s largest carmaker does not care too ...
  • 27 Mar 2019 |

    German task force can't agree on sufficient traffic emissions cuts

    27 Mar 2019, 15:42 The German commission charged with proposing emissions cuts for the nation's transport sector has failed to agree on enough steps to reach the country’s climate targets. During what was billed as the decisive meeting, members could ...
  • Car industry not as important as it claims, but better positioned on e-mobility than many think – analysis

    The car industry lobby often claims that it provides one in seven jobs in Germany, but the true number is one in 25, write Matthias Breitinger and Tina Groll in an analysis for weekly magazine Die Zeit. But the carmakers are better positioned in e ...
  • German states want synthetic fuels included in car fleet CO2 regulation

    A number of German states want the federal government to push for including synthetic fuels as an option to lower CO 2 emissions from passenger cars in the upcoming EU trialogue on new emission targets for car fleets, Klaus Stratmann writes for the ...
  • Environmentalist transport NGO welcomes back diesel in eco-friendly car ranking

    The German transport NGO Transport Club Germany (VCD) has been one of the most vocal critics of German car companies in the ongoing dieselgate emissions fraud scandal, but now it has re-included diesel vehicles in its ranking of eco-friendly cars. New ...
  • Germany’s dirty diesel cars dumped to Poland as driving bans proliferate

    Many diesel cars affected by the looming driving bans in Germany for having too high exhaust emissions are being exported to eastern Europe and especially to Poland, where anti-pollution policies still are less severe, the NGO Transport & Environment ...
  • German carmakers produce “polluters without exhaust” as they enter e-car market

    German carmakers Mercedes and Audi enter the e-car market with two e-SUVs, but instead of contributing to reducing emissions in the country’s transport sector, these big and heavy vehicles might even worsen the sector’s climate impact, Christian Wüst ...
  • Around 100,000 Opel cars to be recalled in diesel probe

    Germany’s transport ministry said it would order roughly 100,000 Opel vehicles to be recalled as part of an emissions probe, after prosecutors searched the carmaker’s offices earlier, report Hans Seidenstuecker and Irene Preisinger for Reuters. German ...
  • 12 Mar 2019 |

    VW accelerates electric push; green NGOs call plan “game changer for industry”

    12 Mar 2019, 13:51 Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Cars Business & Jobs Volkswagen is accelerating its rollout of zero-emission cars by launching almost 70 new electric models ...
  • To protect climate, we will need diesel cars even in ten years – VW CEO

    Unless Germany quickly phases out coal-fired power generation, diesel cars will continue to be better for the climate than e-cars, Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess told the Süddeutsche Zeitung in an interview. For this reason, Germany will need diesel cars ...
  • Merkel calls EU car emission deal “defensible”

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel endorsed a hard-fought EU environment minister compromise deal for a 35 percent cut in new car emissions by 2030, reports news agency Reuters. “(There is) a revisions clause for 2021, since the question of how fast we can ...
  • EU governments agree to cut car emissions faster than proposed by Germany

    The environment ministers of the EU member states have agreed to seek more ambitious CO₂ car emission cuts by 2030 than both the European Commission and the German government had initially proposed. Average CO₂ emissions of new passenger cars registered ...
  • 11 Mar 2019 |

    Volkswagen faces EU fines, mulls axing up to 7,000 additional jobs

    11 Mar 2019, 13:55 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Business & Jobs Spiegel Online / Braunschweiger Zeitung Volkswagen, Germany’s largest carmaker, and its main rivals BMW and Daimler could all face EU ...
  • Env min says will defend misguided government position at EU car emission talks

    German environment minister Svenja Schulze will argue for limiting CO 2 car emission cuts to 30 percent by 2030 at today’s decisive meeting with her EU counterparts, despite believing the proposal by the EU commission falls far short of what’s necessary ...
  • 05 Mar 2019 |

    VW signs e-vehicle startup e.Go as first partner for production platform

    05 Mar 2019, 13:56 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Cars Business & Jobs Reuters / Die Welt Volkswagen has signed German startup e.GO Mobile as the first external partner for its modular platform for electric ...
  • Municipal German utility enters e-car manufacturing market

    Municipal utility NEW from western Germany will join the growing ranks of e-car manufacturers, Florian Rinke writes in the Rheinische Post. The small utility has invested about 2.5 million euros in the company Share2Drive from Aachen, which has developed ...
  • VW seen ready to accept hardware retrofit of manipulated diesel cars

    Carmaker VW will accept hardware retrofits for manipulated diesel cars that have lower exhaust levels on the test stand than on the road, Gerald Traufetter writes on Spiegel Online. According to the article, Germany’s largest carmaker is the first in the ...
  • Env min decision on CO₂ car limits Pyrrhic victory for industry – opinion

    German environment minister Svenja Schulze’s decision to back away from her call for more ambitious new EU CO₂ car emissions limits is “a defeat for the climate, and for the industry – once again – a Pyrrhic victory,” writes Michael Bauchmüller in an ...
  • German environment minister drops call for more ambitious EU car CO₂ limits

    German environment minister Svenja Schulze has backed away from her call for more ambitious new EU targets for passenger car CO₂ emissions reduction to enable a joint German government position, said a ministry spokesperson at a press conference. After a ...
  • Merkel opposes more ambitious EU car fleet emissions targets

    Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that Germany should not push for more ambitious EU car fleet emission limits. “I think the [European] Commission’s proposal forms a reasonable basis” for the upcoming negotiations, Merkel said at an event hosted by the ...
  • EU must ban new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 to achieve climate targets - study

    The European Union will have to prohibit new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 to ensure that the continent meets its emissions reduction obligations under the Paris Climate Agreement, a study commissioned by Greenpeace and conducted by the German Aerospace ...
  • Asking diesel customers to buy new car with help of scrappage premium would be “indecent” – opinion

    Hardware retrofitting of older diesel cars would be “an economic waste of tax money or carmakers’ money”, writes Daniel Delhaes in an opinion piece in Handelsblatt. The retrofits would take years, when driving bans are already being introduced, and the ...
  • German transport minister calls for more attractive car swap offers from automakers

    In an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’s Kerstin Schwenn, German minister of transport Andreas Scheuer, a member of the conservative CSU party, said the retrofitting of millions of diesel cars to make them cleaner and reduce emissions ...
  • European parliament car-emission plans overstep mark – analyst

    The new CO 2 limits for passenger cars proposed by the European Parliament’s environment committee are going too far, Deutsche Bank analyst Eric Heymann says in a research note. Obviously, the committee was betting on a break-through of electric vehicles ...
  • City of Berlin doubles buyer’s premium for e-cars

    The city of Berlin will double the support paid to entrepreneurs that decide to buy an electric car, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. The so-called buyer’s premium for commercial vehicles will be raised from 4,000 euros, paid for by the federal ...
  • German carmakers lag behind on passenger e-cars, but are cutting edge on heavy e-vehicles

    German carmakers might have been late to embark on the electrification of passenger cars, but, according to a recent study by patent law office Grünecker, “are very well positioned when it comes to e-transporters and e-trucks,” Thomas Fromm writes for the ...
  • European Parliament’s car emissions proposal poses crucial question for German government – NGO

    The proposal by the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment to tighten emissions limits for new vehicles begs for a clarification by the German government “whether it wants to protect the climate or the car industry,” environmental NGO VCD says ...
  • Strong increase of new car registrations in August, ahead of new emissions test

    New car registrations in Germany increased significantly in August 2018 – 25 percent compared to the same month in 2017 – due to the introduction of the stricter Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) at the beginning of September, ...
  • Frankfurt must ban old diesel cars, court rules

    The western German city of Frankfurt must introduce a ban on older diesel vehicles as part of a plan to improve air quality, the Federal Administrative Court ruled, reports news agency Reuters. The country’s financial centre must from February 2019 ban ...
  • Carmakers and governments responsible for car emissions limits dilemma - opinion

    German carmakers are the main culprits behind the problems with emissions, writes Nikolaus Doll in an opinion piece for Die Welt. “Not all, but important companies have lied, deceived and in the end will not manage to comply with the future limit,” Doll ...
  • VW CEO says company managers should switch to staff cars with electric engines

    Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess has told employees that the company’s managers should swap their staff cars for e-cars, Nicolaus Doll writes in Welt Online. According to the article, Diess told VW managers that the company would not be able to convince ...
  • Mercedes, BMW and Audi start German assault on Tesla with new electric cars

    Daimler-owned Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen’s Audi and BMW will all unveil new electric cars in the coming days in a “German onslaught against Tesla’s dominance of the fast-growing market for premium battery cars”, report Esha Vaish and Laurence Frost for ...
  • Chinese carmaker Chery prepares for e-car production in Germany

    Chinese car producer Chery prepares for entering the European market with a purely electric car produced near Frankfurt in Germany, Hendrik Ankenbrand writes in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Chen Anning, CEO of the state-owned Chinese carmaker, said ...
  • Japan and China challenge German carmakers’ favourite e-car charging technology

    An agreement reached by Japan and China to set up a common standard for e-car charging technology could topple the Combined Charging System technology pushed for by German car companies, Welt Online reports. Japanese consortium Chademo and the China ...
  • Ambitious EU car fleet CO2 emission limits are crucial for Germany’s 2030 transport climate targets – study

    Germany can only reach its 2030 climate targets for the transport sector with ambitious EU car emission limits and a host of additional measures, according to a study by the Institute for Applied Ecology (Öko-Institut) and the International Council on ...
  • 03 Jul 2018 |

    Natural gas could power up to 10 percent of all cars – Volkswagen

    03 Jul 2018, 15:30 Cars fuelled by compressed natural gas (CNG) could reach a share of up to ten percent of the total fleet in Germany and Europe, says Stephen Neumann, Volkswagen Group Officer for Natural Gas Mobility in an interview with the Clean ...
  • German government struggles to find common position on new EU climate targets for cars

    The German government is still a long way from finding a common position on future EU car fleet emission limits, report Till Hoppe and Silke Kersting in the business daily Handelsblatt. German car makers’ works councils and the top brass of metalworkers’ ...
  • Germany’s new electric company car tax puts pressure on carmakers – analysis

    The German government’s decision to grant tax relief for electric or hybrid company cars will lead to a marked increase in demand for e-cars and batteries from January 2019 onwards, writes the consultancy PwC in a press release. According to PwC’s ...
  • 08 Feb 2019 |

    Two thirds of Germans in favour of free public transport offers

    08 Feb 2019, 13:42 Expert Daimler AG Business & Jobs Cars Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Transport Cars Society Germany launches task force to kickstart shift to sustainable ...
  • 08 Feb 2019 |

    German mobility commission head says speed limit not best option to curb emissions

    08 Feb 2019, 13:35 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Cars Autobahn speed limit: good for climate and safety, or a useless loss of freedom? NGO triggering diesel bans now eyes ...
  • Federal auditors say buyers’ premium for e-cars strongly influenced by carmakers

    German carmakers had undue influence on the birth and design of the country’s buyers’ premium for electric cars, according to Germany’s Federal Court of Auditors (Bundesrechnungshof). Investigations suggest the carmakers’ share of the subsidy “was often ...
  • VW software updates for diesel cars totally inadequate – environmental group

    The software updates offered by VW for diesel cars affected by emissions manipulation are completely inadequate to reduce the vehicles’ pollution levels to below legal limits, according to Environmental Action Germany (DUH). “We don’t need ‘Mickey-Mouse ...
  • 31 Jan 2019 |

    Air pollution in German cities decreases slightly in 2018

    31 Jan 2019, 13:27 Expert UBA- Federal Environment Agency Umweltbundesamt Climate & CO2 Citizens' energy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Cars One year after German ...
  • Fuel cell vehicles make sense as complement to battery electric cars – opinion

    There is no doubt electric vehicles are headed for mass-market success, but it would be premature to write-off fuel cells, Christoph M. Schwarzer writes in a commentary for electrive. Fuel cells require fewer raw materials than batteries, are more ...
  • Aldi Süd rolling out e-car charging stations on major German motorways

    Discount supermarket chain Aldi Süd is equipping 28 of its branches along major traffic routes in Germany with electric vehicle charging stations, according to a dpa article carried by Handelsblatt. The move represents a shift from the group’s focus on ...
  • German finance minister shoots down environment ministry’s car emissions reduction plans

    Germany’s finance minister and vice chancellor Olaf Scholz has shot down a plan by environment minister Svenja Schulze to introduce ambitious emissions reduction standards across the EU in order to meet the climate targets agreed on in the Paris Agreement ...
  • Delivery of e-cars delayed by switch to new emissions test

    Bottlenecks in the delivery of electric cars are causing customers to have to wait up to a year for their new vehicles, according to an article published in Der Tagesspiegel. The delays stem from the conversion to a new emissions test called the Worldwide ...
  • Government must increase support for e-car charging stations – report

    The rollout of additional electric vehicle charging stations is a chicken-and-egg problem, according to a new report published by the German Economic Institute (IW). Before purchasing an e-car, potential buyers want to be assured that there are enough ...
  • German authorities mull product recall due to toxic metal in e-cars

    The German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) might order the recall of 124,000 electric cars due to the fact that some of their parts contain the toxic metal cadmium, Annina Reimann reports in the WirtschaftsWoche. Car industry supplier Kostal ...
  • Government weighs tax advantage for employees driving company electric cars

    To incentivise the uptake of electric vehicles, the German federal government is considering offering tax breaks to employees who use an electric company car for private purposes, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reports. According to the draft amendment to the ...
  • Government’s support programme for e-cars benefits Tesla in particular – analysis

    The German federal government’s new support programme for electric vehicles benefits Tesla in particular, economics correspondent Philipp Vetter writes in Die Welt. The programme, which runs until the end of 2021, allows employees who drive company ...
  • 08 Jun 2018 |

    German environment ministry pushes for tougher EU car emission rules

    08 Jun 2018 (All day) The German environment ministry has called for much more ambitious EU targets to lower car emissions than those proposed by the European Commission. In a position paper seen by the Clean Energy Wire, the ministry says car emissions ...
  • Transport minister opposes “blue badge” for old diesel cars

    German transport minister Andreas Scheuer reiterated his opposition to labelling older diesel cars with a sticker (“blue badge”) to better be able to enforce possible driving bans, reports news agency dpa. “I continue to reject the blue badge and thus ...
  • German car companies’ dependence on foreign battery manufacturers a risk – interview

    The German automotive industry is becoming increasingly dependent on a small number of foreign manufacturers for batteries, which are necessary components for electric cars, Wolfgang Bernhart from the consultancy Roland Berger said in an interview with ...
  • Premier of VW home state sceptical of federal environment minister’s plans for more ambitious car CO₂ limits

    The European Commission’s proposal on limiting average CO₂ emissions from new cars is already ambitious, and the German government should not push for even stricter limits, Stephan Weil (SPD), premier of carmaker Volkswagen’s home state of Lower Saxony, ...
  • German central bank warns of increased competition from China in the field of electric cars

    China’s interest in higher-value exports could put German exporters “under increased competitive pressure,” the Deutsche Bundesbank says in a new monthly report. The publication’s authors expect German manufacturers to face strong competition from China ...
  • Number of e-car charging points in Germany rises

    The number of public and partially public electric vehicle charging points in Germany has risen by more than 25 percent from June 2017 to June 2018, to around 13,500, according to a press release from the German Energy Industry Association (BDEW). However ...
  • E-cars will not close Germany’s emissions gap – commentary

    Environment minister Svenja Schulze’s push for e-mobility will not allow Germany to meet its 2030 emissions reduction target, Dieter Seifried writes in a commentary for Frankfurter Rundschau. That's because the electricity needed to power electric ...
  • Uber plots Berlin expansion with e-cars

    Uber will expand its Berlin fleet with electric vehicles this fall, according to an article in Handelsblatt. Since March, the controversial ride-sharing company has been chauffeuring its Munich customers with roughly 30 battery-powered cars. In light of ...
  • Regional monopolies, anti-competitive practices squeeze e-car owners

    The daily routines of electric vehicle owners are made more complicated and expensive by high charging rates and few charging station, according to a press release from LichtBlick. The green energy provider writes that, in some cases, seven of the 11 ...
  • Self-driving cars would make road traffic greener – study

    Autonomous vehicles will make road transport both safer and more environmentally friendly, according to a study commissioned by the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK). For that reason, the development of autonomous vehicle ...
  • German transport minister’s focus on hydrogen fuelling stations a diversion from Germany’s e-car failure - opinion

    German transport minister Andreas Scheuer is pushing ahead with the expansion of hydrogen fuelling stations, continuing a strategy that is not only wrong but one that also distracts from the failure of the electric car in Germany, Benedikt Becker and ...
  • German car industry celebrates booming business as major challenges loom

    The German car industry will likely book record sales in 2018, but a whole range of challenges makes prospects for future business uncertain, the Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) says in a press release. Tougher car emissions standards in the ...
  • Volkswagen to launch zero-emission car sharing services

    Volkswagen plans to launch all-electric car sharing services. The carmaker said the platform dubbed “WE” will start rolling out various on-demand services in Germany in 2019. “These services are to be extended to major cities in Europe, North America and ...
  • Germans reluctant to part with old fossil-fuelled cars

    We are welcoming Mwelwa Musonko (@MwelxTax) as our visiting cartoonist at CLEW. Mwelwa is a Zambian comic book artist and founder of Foresight Comics who is in Germany for the summer after winning the Horst-Köhler-Journalism-Grant of the International ...
  • One sixth of Germany’s e-car buyer’s premiums used up two years after launch

    Germany has granted about 100,000 million euros in subsidies to e-car buyers over the past two years, merely one sixth of the total sum authorities have earmarked for helping e-mobility get off the ground in the country, the Federal Office for Economic ...
  • Cobalt supply for e-car batteries uncertain in 2020s

    Demand for cobalt is set to increase substantially over the next years, and fear of insufficient supply for a large-scale roll-out of electric cars has led the mineral’s price to skyrocket from 23,000 dollars per tonne to 90,000 dollars over the past two ...
  • VW workers’ council head warns against tight EU car emissions standards

    A tightening of European limit values for car emissions could spell trouble for Germany’s largest carmaker VW, workers’ council head Bernd Osterloh told journalists, according to Handelsblatt. He said the company would have to sell about one million e ...
  • German states want government aid for car industry suppliers to meet EU emissions standards

    Small- and medium-sized suppliers of Germany’s mighty carmakers should receive more financial support to accomplish the shift to e-mobility and lower vehicle emissions as proposed by the EU, the economy ministers of Germany’s federal states were quoted by ...
  • Volkswagen launches local assembly and car sharing in Rwanda

    Volkswagen has opened a new assembly plant and put into operation new mobility services like car sharing in Rwanda, according to a company press release. Volkswagen plans to assemble up to 5,000 cars per year at its new plant, and seeks to play a leading ...
  • Experts in German parliament split over EU proposal on car emissions

    Car and transport experts have discussed the European Commission’s proposal to tighten vehicle emission rules in the EU in a committee in the German parliament, giving very different assessments of the approach that is aimed reducing the CO 2 output of ...
  • German environment and economy ministers disagree on EU car emission reduction targets

    As the European Union is preparing to introduce new rules that will limit CO 2 emissions from cars and vans between 2021 and 2030, environment minister Svenja Schulze has called for these limits to be strict. “The transport sector is our problem child,” ...
  • German government reportedly split over EU car emission limits

    The members of the German government disagree over the country’s position on future EU car emission limits, according to media reports. The ministries of economic affairs and transport both reject the environment ministry’s call for more ambitious targets ...
  • German car industry must reinvent itself and will need state assistance to stay afloat - opinion

    The inspiration for the new world of private mobility based on electric cars today comes from the US and China, as Germany, the current carmaker champion, is busy “fighting a messy rearguard action to save the combustion engine,” Tobias Engelmeier writes ...
  • VW invests in re-invention of electric car battery

    Germany’s largest carmaker VW has announced that it will invest 100 million US dollars in a US company that specialises in the production of “ super batteries,” Hanna Decker writes in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The company named QuantumScape ...
  • Germany’s Free Democrats want to replace car emissions limits with ETS-inclusion

    The German Free Democratic Party (FDP) has proposed doing away with EU emissions limits for passenger cars and freight vehicles and instead including the transport sector in the European Emissions Trading System (ETS), the German parliament says in a ...
  • Hyundai teams up with Volkswagen's Audi to boost hydrogen cars

    South Korean carmaker Hyundai has agreed a deal with Volkswagen Group’s Audi to collaborate on hydrogen car technology, hoping to boost an energy segment that has lagged behind battery electric vehicles, news agency Reuters reports. “The fuel cell is the ...
  • 21 Dec 2018 |

    Volkswagen may cut up to 7,000 jobs at two German factories due to e-mobility shift – media reports

    21 Dec 2018, 13:35 VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Read more about VW- Volkswagen Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages j.wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Business & Jobs BMW, Daimler, and VW vow to fight in green transport ...
  • Munich start-up Sono receives more than 5,000 reservations for solar-powered e-car

    Munich-based start-up Sono Motors has crossed the threshold of 5,000 reservations for a small electric car that generates power with solar cells spread all over the vehicle. Sono presented the car, named Sion, less than a year ago and plans to start ...
  • Germany must insist on ambitious EU car emission rules to safeguard 2030 climate target – commentary

    Germany will only be able to reach its 2030 climate targets with the help of ambitious EU car emission rules, writes Christian Hochfeld, head of mobility think tank Agora Verkehrswende*, in a guest article for Zeit Online. The current EU Commission ...
  • German car industry still miles away from coming clean on emissions scandal – opinion

    Daimler’s embroilment in the car emissions manipulation scandal shows that Germany’s most important industry is still miles away from coming clean, writes Markus Balser in a commentary for the Süddeutsche Zeitung entitled “A heavy blow for [Daimler CEO ...
  • Daimler recalls 774,000 diesel Mercedes cars after CEO meets with minister

    Daimler’s decision to recall 774,000 diesel Mercedes cars in Europe has increased doubts about the veracity of the carmaker’s claim that its vehicles never had emissions-cheating devices like those used by Volkswagen, Handelsblatt reports. The company ...
  • German environment ministry pushes for tougher EU car emission rules

    The German environment ministry has called for much more ambitious EU targets to lower car emissions than those proposed by the EU Commission. In a position paper seen by the Clean Energy Wire, the ministry says car emissions must be halved between 2021 ...
  • Why so few Germans buy electric cars

    German buyers can by now choose between 27 purely electric cars, with the government offering a 4,000-euro premium and tax reliefs. Yet most private individuals still don’t opt for e-cars, RP Online reports. Between January and May this year, 1.43 million ...
  • Study predicts job losses in car industry due to electrification

    According to a new study by the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO), electrifying cars will reduce need for workers in the car industry, including external suppliers to car manufacturers. The researchers looked at three different ...
  • Administrative difficulties in processing emissions regulation force Porsche to limit car sales

    German luxury car brand Porsche has halted sales of custom-made new cars as it struggles to comply with new emissions regulations for petrol engines, Holger Appel writes in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The new WLTP emissions norm introduced by the ...
  • Daimler delays launch of electric cars – report

    Daimler’s ambitious e-mobility plans are in trouble, according to the business daily Handelsblatt. The maker of Mercedes cars has postponed the launch of its electric sub-brand “EQ” citing technical problems and battery-related bottlenecks, write Markus ...
  • German env min Schulze says diesel cars need mechanical retrofit to avoid EU fines

    Manipulated diesel cars in Germany will need a mechanical engine retrofitting to ensure the European Union does not sue the country over exceeding emissions levels in transport for several years, environment minister Svenja Schulze says in an interview ...
  • German Postal Service mulls stock market launch of Streetscooter e-car branch

    The German Postal Service’s e-car manufacturing branch Streetscooter could soon be listed on the stock market, news agency Reuters reports. “It’s theoretically possible. We’re looking at the next two to three years,” the Postal Service’s board member ...
  • Leading German online news site renames “car” section “mobility” to reflect sector transformation

    Popular German news site Spiegel Online has renamed its “car” section “mobility” to reflect the upheaval in the sector caused by digitalisation, environmental concerns, and heavy traffic. “Our understanding of mobility is undergoing a fundamental shift. ...
  • Alterations to power grid for e-cars cost billions

    Modifying the power grid so that it can cater to an increasing number of electric cars will require investment to the tune of 11 billion euros by 2030, a study authored by the Munich-based consultancy TCW for ABB, a supplier of products and solutions for ...
  • Hamburg first German city to ban diesel cars on two roads by 31 May – report

    Diesel cars will be banned on two roads in Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city, by the end of May, the local newspaper Hamburger Abendblatt reports. The city’s environment agency said a first overview of a written explanation by Germany’s ...
  • Dozens of old e-car batteries form large power storage in port of Hamburg

    A project in Hamburg combines dozens of old e-car batteries to form a large power storage plant in the city’s industrial port, industry newspaper THB reports. Carmaker BMW, Bosch and energy company Vattenfall jointly operate the project, called Battery 2 ...
  • Most new car patents in Germany still for diesel and petrol engines

    Most new patents in Germany’s car sector in 2017 were registered for diesel and petrol engines, far outnumbering patents for electric vehicles, Hagen Strauß reports for the Aachener Nachrichten. German manufacturers registered 2,108 patents for combustion ...
  • 03 Dec 2018 |

    Germany tops up clean air programme with one billion euros to prevent diesel bans

    03 Dec 2018, 14:43 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Cities Government Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung The German government has vowed to provide an additional one billion euros to the ...
  • Germany’s Merkel sees chance for electric car battery production in Europe

    Chancellor Angela Merkel has signalled that she believes the chances were increasing of German carmakers building up battery production for electric cars in Europe, reports Gernot Heller for Reuters. “I’m detecting a certain rethink among carmakers,” ...
  • Germany already a leading e-car producer – report

    The current narrative that Germany’s mighty car industry has failed to jump on the electric mobility bandwagon at the right time is a distortion of reality- and the country is on track to become a leading producer of electric vehicles, Christoph M. ...
  • 28 Nov 2018 |

    E-mobility could lead to lower household power prices in Germany

    28 Nov 2018, 16:16 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Cost & Prices Fraunhofer ISI The growing number of electric cars in Germany could in the long run bring down household power prices, the ...
  • EU fleet emission rules transform electric cars into cash cows for carmakers – commentary

    The new EU fleet emission limits taking effect in 2020 mean that some carmakers will in effect save more than 10,000 euros per electric car sold due to avoided penalty payments, argues car industry expert Ferdinand Dudenhöffer in a commentary for business ...
  • German utility EnBW starts field test on how e-cars effect grid

    Utility EnBW starts a field test to find out how a large number of electric cars in a concentrated area affect grid stability, Susanne Preuß and Thiemo Heeg write in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “What happens if everyone plugs in their car when ...
  • No improvements on average CO2 emissions from new cars in the EU in 2017

    Efforts to improve the fuel efficiency of new cars sold in the European Union (EU) stalled in 2017 compared to 2016, according to provisional data published today by the European Environment Agency (EEA). At 118.5 grammes (g) of carbon dioxide (CO2) per ...
  • 12 Mar 2018 |

    Germany's car-loving transport minister faces clean mobility challenge

    12 Mar 2018 (All day) Car industry hub Germany is under increasing pressure to accelerate the shift to sustainable mobility in order to reach its climate targets and improve the quality of air in inner city areas. Against the backdrop of a looming ban on ...
  • Looming diesel bans force Germans to choose between cars and environment

    Diesel fuel was invented by a German engineer and is pushed relentlessly by the country’s carmakers to this day, which is why banning it “has the feel of a ban on beer or bratwurst,” writes Griff Witte in a feature article for the Washington Post. “Yet ...
  • Government parties are hindering the modernisation of the car industry – Green MP

    Germany’s automobile industry has had a lot of “ false friends ” in the government in recent years, Green Party politician and head of the parliamentary commission on transport and digitalisation Cem Özdemir told Ansgar Graw at Die Welt in an interview. ...
  • Government sticks to goal of having 1 million e-cars on the road by 2020

    The new German government sticks to the target of bringing one million electric cars onto the roads by 2020. In a reply to a parliamentary enquiry by the Green Party, the government says both industry and government will have to continue their efforts, ...
  • Dirty German diesel cars get new lease on life abroad

    Germany is turning its back on diesel as car scrapping premiums encourage drivers to buy new models and get rid of their older, dirtier vehicles. However, instead of being scrapped, many diesel autos are being sold in eastern Europe and Africa, Sebastian ...
  • Daimler CEO: More e-cars good for climate, but not for company results

    Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche told the carmaker's shareholders investments in e-mobility will weigh on company results, reports the news agency dpa. “More electric cars are good for the CO₂ footprint, but not so good for our corporate earnings – at ...
  • Cars-per-capita ratio in Germany reaches new record level

    Germany’s ratio of cars per capita has reached a record high, the German Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) says in a press release. With 555 personal cars per 1,000 people in 2016, Germany had the seventh highest number of cars per capita in the EU. ...
  • Demand for Germany’s e-car subsidy remains low

    Demand for subsidised electric vehicles in Germany remains far below the level hoped for. By the end of March 2018, authorities had received a total of 57,549 applications for an e-car buyer’s premium, the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export ...
  • Tesla back on list of e-cars eligible for subsidies in Germany

    US carmaker Tesla is back on a list of e-cars that are eligible for subsidies in Germany, website bild.de reports. The Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (Bafa) had argued that Tesla cars were too expensive to qualify for subsidies, ...
  • BMW and Daimler agree to combine car-sharing businesses

    German carmakers BMW and Daimler have signed an agreement to merge their mobility services business units to compete with Uber in the United States and Didi Chuxing in China, writes news agency Reuters. “As pioneers in automotive engineering, we will not ...
  • Upcoming battery improvements could signal a leap forward for e-cars in Germany – report

    Electric car batteries could become twice as efficient as they currently are by 2025, researcher Martin Winter of the University of Münster says in an article written by Jürgen Pander on Spiegel Online. This means that e-cars could soon have a standard ...
  • Combustion engine still favourite car technology in Germany

    Two-thirds of respondents in a survey in Germany say they will opt for a combustion engine in their next car, trumping alternative engines like hybrid or fully electric by far, consultancy Deloitte says in a press release. While 66 percent of respondents ...
  • Only 13 percent of Germans would buy a diesel car – survey

    The debate over driving bans for diesel cars and the ongoing diesel emissions fraud scandal involving German carmakers have hit the technology’s image hard. Only 13 percent of respondents in a survey said they would now opt for a diesel car, Focus Online ...
  • 17 Oct 2018 |

    Disruption caused by energy transition is unstoppable- Amory Lovins

    17 Oct 2018, 14:44 The global energy transition is both accelerating and unstoppable, and will continue to disrupt many industries from carmaking to construction, according to green energy pioneer Amory Lovins. But the cofounder and Chief Scientist of the ...
  • German universities to develop autonomous car

    Seven German universities have teamed up to develop an autonomous e-car, competing with automakers and tech giants such as Google and Apple, reports Spiegel Online. RWTH Aachen University – which already developed the successful Streetscooter delivery van ...
  • Carmakers so far retrofitted software of 2.5 million manipulated cars in Germany

    Germany’s carmakers have retrofitted the software of about 2.5 million out of a total of 5.3 million diesel cars eligible for a retrofitting to lower their emissions, Handelsblatt reports. The country’s largest carmaker, Volkswagen, has carried out over ...
  • Hotels and restaurants provide e-car charging infrastructure in lieu of the state

    The lack of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles is one of the main reasons why Germany’s initial goal to put one million e-cars on the road by 2020 will fail by a very wide margin, Dominik Reintjes writes on Spiegel Online. This problem “can at ...
  • German homeowners want to use solar power to charge e-cars – survey

    Most homeowners in Germany who consider buying an electric car want to charge it with power generated by a solar PV system mounted on their roof, Renewable Energy Magazine reports, based on a survey by EuPD Research. “A clear majority believes it is the ...
  • Number of cars registered in Germany grows by over one million in 2017

    The number of cars and trailers in Germany has risen by 1.1 million in 2017 to a total of 63.7 million, the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) says in a press release. The most used brand is VW with 21.5 percent, followed by Opel (9.8 percent) and ...
  • More than two million car sharing customers in Germany

    More than two million customers used car sharing services of 165 companies in Germany by the start of 2018, writes the Federal German Car Sharing Association (bcs) in a press release. “Car sharing is still a small market in regards to the total number of ...
  • Infineon launches chip venture with Chinese car giant SAIC

    German chip manufacturer Infineon Technologies is teaming up with SAIC Motor Corp, China’s largest automaker by sales volume, to benefit from the quickly growing demand for electric cars, reports Stefan Nicola for Bloomberg. Infineon and SAIC will set up ...
  • Companies plan to keep their diesel car fleets - survey

    German companies do not plan to suddenly abandon diesel cars in their fleets, after a court ruling has opened the door for diesel bans in German cities, according to a survey conducted by the German newspaper Handelsblatt. Most companies want to wait and ...
  • Leading car supplier Bosch decides against battery cell production

    Europe’s largest car supplier Bosch has decided not to enter the production of battery cells for e-cars, ending months of speculation. “Is Bosch going to start manufacturing its own battery cells? The answer is ‘no.’ Bosch will continue to buy in the ...
  • Cars remain Germany’s most important export good in 2017

    Germany exported cars and car components worth 234.4 billion euros in 2017, the highest figure of any industry, Germany’s Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) said in a press release. Machinery and chemical products rank second and third, with 183.6 ...
  • Diesel ban ruling puts people’s health above car drivers’ interests - opinion

    People living in Germany’s inner cities are the winners of the landmark court ruling on diesel driving bans, writes Malte Kreutzfeld in a commentary in the tageszeitung. “It is no longer allowed to ignore their right to breathe clean air. In case of doubt ...
  • Transport ministry pushed to block environmental organisations from taking legal action against diesel cars

    Back in 2016, the German Federal Ministry of Transport (BMVI) pushed for a legal provision blocking environmental organisations from taking legal action against the model approval and sale of diesel cars with high emissions, according to a letter obtained ...
  • 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 ...
  • Hamburg to ban older diesel cars on two roads from April

    After a German top court ruled that German cities may ban diesel cars from polluted areas, the City of Hamburg announced that it would follow through with plans to introduce driving bans for older diesel vehicles on two of its most polluted roads starting ...
  • Interest in diesel cars in free fall in Germany

    The interest in diesel cars has dropped substantially in Germany as the engine technology has come under fire for not abiding by emissions standards, bild.de reports. According to a survey by car sales website AutoScout24, only 14 percent of respondents ...
  • Battery producer sonnen wants to connect e-cars for power storage

    German battery company sonnen wants to equip electric car users with a new charging box that not only allows them to draw electricity from solar panels on their homes, but also connects them to other users, making them part of a larger battery pool. The ...
  • Distribution grid could be overburdened by rise in number of e-cars in Germany

    A projected substantial increase in the number of e-cars in Germany will pose major challenges for the country’s energy providers and power grids, the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) says in a press release. The ZEW has carried out a survey ...
  • Vattenfall expects 250,000 e-cars in Berlin by 2030

    Swedish utility Vattenfall expects Germany’s capital Berlin to boast about 250,000 electric cars by the end of the next decade, compared to 1,700 currently registered in the city, Jens Tartler writes in the Tagesspiegel. Vattenfall’s Thomas Schäfer says ...
  • Buyers wait up to a year for new e-cars – report

    A surge in e-car purchases in Germany has led to bottlenecks at manufacturers and waiting times of up to a year for vehicles to be delivered, car industry magazine Automobilwoche reports. “After a long period of e-mobility failing to get off the ground, ...
  • Car companies cannot change corporate culture “like a pair of sneakers” – commentary

    Daimler AG CEO Dieter Zetsche likes to dress up “like the guy from next door”. He has changed his outfit from business attire to sneakers and washed-out jeans in recent years, but even with this makeover “he remains the highly paid head of a listed ...
  • Free e-car charging points coupled with power contract

    German renewable power company sonnen has said it will offer e-car charging infrastructure free of charge with flat rate electricity contracts to customers switching to the provider, reports Henning Peitsmeier in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “We ...
  • Diesel crisis causes drop in used car sales – business calls for hardware retrofitting

    As a result of the diesel crisis, used car sales were down 1.9 percent in 2017, compared to the previous year, according to the German Association for Motor Trade and Repair (ZDK). “Auto dealers are deeply unsettled," ZDK president Jürgen Karpinski ...
  • Global e-car fleet growing exponentially, Germany lagging behind

    More than three million e-cars are registered worldwide, with 1.2 million in China, followed by 750,000 in the United States. Germany ranks eighth with 93,000 registered e-cars, says the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Wuerttemberg ...
  • State should support diesel car retrofitting, say government advisors - report

    Retrofitting older diesel cars to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions could be financed “fully or for the largest part possible” through a support mechanism, a group of government advisors writes in a draft report, Markus Balser and Michael Bauchmüller ...
  • German car manufacturers only “administer past ideas” - opinion

    German car manufacturers are “world champions in restoring the past”, but are not able to come up with new basic ideas for a radically changing world, writes Sebastian Matthes in an opinion piece in Handelsblatt. German engineers optimised the combustion ...
  • Diesel share in Germany’s new car registrations declines further, CO2 emissions level rises

    The decline of diesel cars’ share in new registrations in Germany continues, figures for January released by the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) show. While the total number of newly registered passenger cars rose by 11.6 percent compared to the ...
  • German grid could cope with one million e-cars - opinion

    Germany would have enough power for 1 million electric cars and the power grid would be able to cope with the charging pattern of these vehicles, Michael Brecht, author at eMobilitaetsblog.de writes in an opinion piece for Welt online. Brecht rejects the ...
  • 19 Sep 2018 |

    Germany launches task force to kickstart shift to sustainable mobility

    19 Sep 2018, 15:20 The German government has launched a new advisory panel to reduce transport emissions in line with national climate targets. The task force will broaden the focus of an earlier panel concentrated on electric cars, to discuss the entire ...
  • BMW paves way for merger with Daimler’s car sharing service

    German carmaker BMW has bought the shares of car rental service Sixt in their joint car sharing service DriveNow, clearing the way for a merger with rival Daimler’s service Car2Go, news agency dpa reports in an article carried by the Frankfurter ...
  • Coalition negotiators consider diesel car hardware retrofitting in treaty draft

    Negotiators in the ongoing talks to renew Germany’s grand coalition of conservatives (CDU, CSU) and Social Democrats (SPD) want to avoid inner city driving bans and consider hardware retrofitting for older diesel cars to bring down nitrogen oxide ...
  • EU 2030 car fleet emission rules translate into quota for electric vehicles - VW head of technology

    The EU’s fleet emission limits for 2030 will have an effect similar to a quota for electric cars, according to Volkswagen. The new limits will be so low that carmakers could only reach them by selling a certain percentage of electric vehicles, said Stefan ...
  • 08 Nov 2017 |

    EU car emission limits too weak for German climate targets- experts

    08 Nov 2017 (All day) Following intense lobbying by German carmakers, the EU has proposed car emission targets that will be insufficient to meet the country’s climate targets in the transport sector, according to environmental organisations. Critics said ...
  • Düsseldorf court rejects suit seeking ban of VW diesel cars

    A Düsseldorf court has dismissed a suit by lobby group Environmental Action Germany (DUH) seeking a ban of certain Volkswagen diesel cars from the city’s roads, Anneli Palmen reports for Reuters. DUH argued that Volkswagen diesel cars with emissions test ...
  • Eventual e-car boom requires swift action by Germany’s municipalities and utilities – opinion

    Electric cars are going to spread in Germany sooner or later, and the country’s infrastructure must be made ready for this boom soon, Hans Riebsamen writes in an opinion piece for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Especially the larger urban areas that ...
  • German power grid not ready for e-car boom - study

    A large-scale roll-out of electric vehicles in Germany could overstrain the power grid, and the country should invest billions of euros to prevent a breakdown in the future, Jürgen Flauger and Franz Hubik write in the Handelsblatt. According to ...
  • German power market could cope with switch to electric cars: research

    Germany’s power industry will be able to supply the additional electricity needed for switching from combustion engine technology to e-mobility, according to a study conducted by Aurora Energy Research and reported by news agency Reuters. An anticipated ...
  • “The West can’t ignore China’s rise as an e-car empire”

    China wants to become a global maker of e-cars, “take on the hegemony of Western and Asian producers,” and German carmakers risk being bypassed “if [they] don’t take notice” of these developments, writes Handelsblatt Global. While Western companies still ...
  • Government should support installation of private e-car charging points

    The government should use the unused part of the e-car buyer’s premium budget to finance the expansion of much-needed private charging points for electric cars, and thus heed the proposal put forth by Andreas Obersteller, president of the Federal Office ...
  • Only ten percent of e-car buyer’s premium budget used to date

    The Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA) has received 46,897 applications for the e-car buyer’s premium since its official launch in 2016, according to a BAFA press release. A total of 21,616 applications came from private buyers. ...
  • Transport companies try to woo Germans away from passenger cars

    Germany’s domestic transport market is set to change substantially in 2018 as bus companies, railway services, and airlines seek to woo people away from using passenger cars, Timo Kotowski writes in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. About 80 percent of ...
  • Betting on electric cars cheaper for carmakers than sticking to diesel

    The looming EU fines for excessive emissions after 2020 make it cheaper for the car industry to develop electric cars than to cling to the diesel, argues Markus Fasse in a commentary in the business daily Handelsblatt. In recent years, the car industry ...
  • Consumer prices for rail passengers and car users grow further apart

    Train ticket prices are increasing faster than the cost of using cars for passenger transport, Allianz pro Schiene (Pro-Rail Alliance) has calculated from data collected by Germany’s statistical office. While the costs of driving a car have remained ...
  • Daimler buys majority stake in French car-ride app Chauffeur Privé

    German carmaker Daimler has acquired a majority stake in Chauffeur Privé, a French rival to the larger Uber car-ride app, in the latest example of traditional companies looking to deal with challenges from technology-driven startups, reports news agency ...
  • Deutsche Post’s Streetscooter e-car said to have problems with cold weather

    The electric Streetscooter, built by postal service Deutsche Post, is struggling to function properly in cold winter weather, Birger Nicolai writes in Die Welt. Drivers using the e-car, produced by Deutsche Post after it failed to find a comparable model ...
  • Potential car buyers continue to lose interest in diesel engines – survey

    Diesel cars continue to fall out of favour with people interested in buying a new car in Germany. In a survey commissioned by the German Energy Agency (dena), 17 percent of potential car buyers said they planned to buy a diesel car, compared to 21 percent ...
  • German car industry loses allies in fight against stricter EU emission limits

    The German car industry continues to lobby hard to soften EU emission limits, but its foot-dragging in the shift to electric mobility has alienated EU policymakers, writes Silke Wettach in the business magazine Wirtschaftswoche. The carmakers want to ...
  • BMW aims for 50 percent increase in electric car sales next year

    BMW plans to increase its plug-in hybrid and battery car sales by 50 percent to about 150,000 in 2018, reports Elisabeth Behrmann for Bloomberg. “We’ll definitely boost sales by a mid-double digit amount,” Klaus Fröhlich, who heads development for BMW, ...
  • Tesla removed from list of e-cars eligible for subsidies in Germany

    Electric cars produced by US manufacturer Tesla have been removed from the list of e-cars eligible for subsidies in Germany because Tesla’s Model S was “too expensive” to qualify for the support, Business Insider reports on its website. A spokesman for ...
  • Warnings against e-car raw material scarcity exaggerated – think tank

    German industry association BDI’s warning that the country lacks sufficient access to the raw materials needed for large-scale production of electric cars are exaggerated, think tank Agora Verkehrswende * says. Think tank head Christian Hochfeld told the ...
  • Chancellor Merkel “submits” to German car industry – environmental organisation

    The latest diesel summit of Germany’s federal government and representatives of municipalities with high levels of air pollution has been a “failure”, Jürgen Resch, head of organisation Environmental Action Germany (DUH), said in a press release. None of ...
  • German government’s environmental advisers call for e-car quota

    The German Advisory Council on the Environment (SRU), which advises the German government, has called for an e-car quota to push the energy transition in the transport sector. At least 25 percent of new cars and light trucks should be pure electric by ...
  • Mandatory e-car charging points could cost German companies billions of euros

    Plans by the European Parliament (EP) to introduce mandatory e-car charging points in non-residential buildings could cost German companies 7.5 billion euros, writes Markus Grabitz in the Rheinische Post. In the future EU directive on energy efficiency in ...
  • VW to invest more than 10 billion euros to push e-cars in China

    Volkswagen will invest more than 10 billion euros with its partners to make and develop e-cars in China, reports Bloomberg. Volkswagen will make the investments by 2025 and introduce 40 locally produced vehicles, its China head Jochem Heizmann told ...
  • Germany needs to confront car culture in shift to green transport system

    Germany’s green self-image does not square with its longstanding love affair with fast, gas-guzzling cars, writes Christian Schwägerl in an article on Yale Environment 360. An increasing number of experts realise the solution to greening the transport ...
  • Expected e-car boom puts focus on Germany’s biggest lithium reserve

    The expected boom in e-car production shifts Germany’s historical mining region in the Ore Mountains on the Czech-German border back into the focus of industry actors, Zacharias Zacharakis writes on Die Zeit Online. The Ore Mountains hold about 500,000 ...
  • Car industry will regret victory lowering emission limits – opinion

    Carmakers’ successful lobbying for watered-down EU car emission limits is a scandal that reveals the industry’s continuing hold over politicians – even after Dieselgate, Markus Balser writes in an op-ed for Süddeutsche Zeitung. “Within a week, the most ...
  • New car emission limits finally provide planning security – opinion

    The car industry may have managed to weaken new EU car emissions regulations, but at least the new rules provide urgently needed planning security, argues a commentary in Tagesspiegel. “That is necessary, because a lot of money will need to be invested. A ...
  • Intense lobbying by German carmakers waters down new EU car fleet emission limits

    A concerted lobbying effort by German carmakers was crucial in watering down new EU car fleet emission targets for the period after 2021, reports Süddeutsche Zeitung. “It seems a call from Germany’s chief car lobbyist, [car industry association VDA head] ...
  • Environmental organisations call for improved fuel consumption tests for new cars

    The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT)’s revelation that newly registered passenger cars consume significantly more fuel than advertised highlights the need for better testing, environmental organisation NABU says in a press release. ...
  • UBA head calls for comprehensive road charge to curb car emissions

    Maria Krautzberger, head of the Federal Environment Agency (UBA), says Germany should introduce a road charge linked to mileage for all vehicles, to cut emissions from the transport sector. “There has been no emissions reduction whatsoever from the ...
  • 23 May 2019 |

    German government adopts national Clean Air Programme

    23 May 2019, 12:22 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages ...
  • Fuel consumption of passenger cars 42 percent higher than advertised

    On average, passenger cars in the EU consume 42 percent more fuel than advertised, meaning their emissions are also considerably higher than carmakers say, according to the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). Over the last 15 years, the ...
  • Green Party ready to compromise on coal exit timing, cars

    The German Greens have signalled their readiness to make concessions on core policy demands in the field of climate protection for the sake of advancing the stagnant coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the pro ...
  • Major carmakers announce details for joint venture for fast e-car charging network across Europe

    Carmakers BMW, Daimler, VW and Ford announced details on their plan to launch a high-power charging network for electric cars across Europe. The network, dubbed IONITY, shall comprise about 400 fast charging stations spread over the continent by 2020 to ...
  • German lobbyists increase pressure on EU Commission regarding new car CO₂ limits

    In the weeks before the EU Commission is set to announce new car CO₂ limits on 8 November, the German car industry lobby has increased the pressure on the institution, report Markus Balser and Alexander Mühlauer in Süddeutsche Zeitung. The head of the ...
  • Env min Hendricks: SUV drivers should opt for different car model next time

    Germany’s environment minister Barbara Hendricks says drivers of large Super Utility Vehicles (SUVs) living in cities should opt for a different model next time they buy a car. Drivers of large cars could be “looked at with disapproval in cities, similar ...
  • 01 Aug 2018 |

    One year after German "diesel summit," air quality challenge remains

    01 Aug 2018, 17:31 With a national “diesel summit” in early August 2017, the German government tried to curb the fallout of the country’s emissions fraud scandal and avoid being sued by the European Commission over excessive air pollution. One year on, ...
  • New EU car emission limits must not be too ambitious - EU commissioner Oettinger

    European budget commissioner and member of Angela Merkel's conservative CDU party Günther Oettinger says new EU car emission limits must not be so strict they harm the industry. “Some politicians are simply too naïve on this and think that the car ...
  • E-cars can help to sustain the power grid of the future

    Electric cars will be needed both as a greener form of transport and as storage devices for a power grid that relies on intermittent renewable energy sources if Germany is to hit its Paris Climate Agreement targets, Michael Neißendorfer writes in the ...
  • VW to focus on e-car competitor Tesla “rather than on Toyota”

    German carmaker VW will focus on competing with US e-carmaker Tesla in its home market to avoid trailing behind the US company in electric mobility, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. As Tesla shifts from offering expensive e-cars to cheaper ...
  • Utility innogy expands e-car charging infrastructure with sharing system

    German utility innogy plans to expand the country’s e-car charging infrastructure by enabling private companies to provide their own charging stations to the public with a new digital platform called eMarketplace, the group says in a press release. “Not ...
  • German car industry shies away from battery cell production

    German carmakers and suppliers are reluctant to agree to battery cell production in Europe despite the recent EU Commission initiative to build an “Airbus for batteries”, reports Joachim Becker in Süddeutsche Zeitung. Industry managers argue that even ...
  • Germans buy fewer diesel cars – new registrations drop sharply

    Diesel car registrations in Germany fell by 21.3 percent in September compared to a year earlier, pushing their share of all registrations down to 36.3 percent. Petrol cars’ share rose to almost 60 percent, said the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) ...
  • Step-by-step, e-cars will replace diesel and petrol in company fleets - consultant

    The diesel emissions scandal, with looming inner-city driving bans and decreasing resale values of used diesel cars, are driving more and more companies to switch their fleets to electric vehicles, Andreas Schulte writes for the Handelsblatt. In the short ...
  • Industrial companies explore “billion-euro market” for e-car charging stations

    An  announcement by Germany’s largest carmakers that they will substantially increase the share of electric vehicles in their product portfolios has turned the tide in the market for e-car charging stations, Axel Höpner writes for Handelsblatt. Large ...
  • 10 Jul 2018 |

    Chinese-German battery cell deal key step for mobility transition

    10 Jul 2018, 11:52 Chinese battery maker CATL plans to build a large factory in the eastern German state of Thuringia to supply manufacturers in the birth country of the automobile with battery cells to facilitate the transition to low-emission mobility. ...
  • German petrol station operators look for new business models as e-cars loom

    German petrol stations are struggling for new business models as a breakthrough for electric vehicles appears just around the corner, Michael Ashelm and Bernd Freytag write for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “Instead of marching ahead, an entire ...
  • E-mobility shifts balance of power in car industry to suppliers

    The shift to e-mobility means it is now easier than ever before to build a car, as prominent suppliers like Bosch or Schaeffler offer many of the necessary components, reports Christian Frahm for Spiegel Online. New startups “no longer need a budget worth ...
  • Utility introduces e-car charging card

    Southern German utility EnBW has introduced a one-for-all charging card for e-cars that will enable its customers to use a network of 8,000 charging stations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, regardless of the operator of the station. E-car drivers ...
  • “Siemens distances itself from the e-car”

    Germany’s largest industrial manufacturer Siemens might soon end its advance into e-car engine production together with French supplier Valeo, Thomas Hanke and Axel Höpner write in Handelsblatt. By the end of 2021, Siemens might make use of a put option ...
  • “German ‘Jamaica’ coalition spells trouble for coal, cars, and the euro”

    Energy and financial policy in Europe could be substantially affected by a government participation of the Green Party and the economic liberal FDP in the next German government under Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative alliance of CDU/CSU, Ambrose ...
  • Hardware diesel retrofits available despite industry denial - car drivers’ association

    German carmakers say it is nearly impossible to retrofit hardware to clean up diesel engines, but this is simply untrue, according to the German car drivers’ association ADAC, Max Hägler reports in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Hägler writes that many German ...
  • 10,700 e-car charging points in Germany

    Germany has a total of 10,700 charging points at 4,730 stations for electric cars, reports the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW). Of these, 530 are fast-charging stations. Charging points operated by energy companies and other ...
  • Mercedes-Benz plans $1bn e-car investment in US

    Mercedes-Benz plans to invest 1 billion dollars in making electric vehicles in the US state of Alabama, reports Nathan Bomey in USA Today. The investment will go both to an expansion of the German luxury brand's existing plant near Tuscaloosa and to ...
  • “Two years after dieselgate: carmakers present dirty diesel-SUVs and reject e-cars

    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 ...
  • “Environmental aspects do not play a key role in car purchase decisions”

    While environmental considerations now play a larger role, they are still not among the key influencing factors for buying a car, and “come behind aspects such as ergonomics or brand image,” writes Deutsche Bank Research in a paper. Find the paper in ...
  • Need to take into account citizens’ wishes and concerns for climate action in transport – acatech

    07 May 2019, 12:34 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Transport Cars Clean Energy Wire An increasing number of Germans say they have major worries about climate change (61 percent in 2019 compared to ...
  • “German petrol stations sit out e-car trend”

    Petrol station operators in Germany will take their time before entering the e-vehicle charging business in earnest, as charging points are far from being used to full capacity for now, writes Birger Nicolai for Welt Online. “We are a commercial company. ...
  • "Volkswagen spends billions more on electric cars in search for mass market”

    Volkswagen plans to invest more than 20 billion euros in zero-emission vehicles by 2030, Reuters reports. The carmaker said on Monday it would roll out 80 new electric cars by 2025, up from a previous goal of 30, with plans to offer electric versions of ...
  • Environment ministry: Car industry not in charge of proposing its own regulation

    The European Union’s car industry is not in charge of proposing its own regulation for CO₂ emissions limits, said the German environment ministry (BMUB) in reaction to a proposal by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA). “These ...
  • “Merkel: Car industry going through radical change”

    In light of the emissions scandal, Angela Merkel sees this year’s Frankfurt car show (IAA) as a “very special show,” the Chancellor said in her weekly video podcast. “The car industry is an important pillar of our economic success, and also of our ...
  • 02 Aug 2017

    "Win for car industry"- First reactions to German diesel summit

    02 Aug 2017 (All day) German carmakers have pledged to update the software in some 5 million diesel cars to lower emissions at the so-called "diesel summit", where leaders of the industry met with federal ministers and heads of federal states. ...
  • German diesel car registrations fall by nearly 14 percent in August

    Diesel car registrations in Germany are in decline: year-on-year registration figures in August fell by 13.8 percent, bringing the share of vehicles with diesel engines on German roads to 37.7 percent, the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) has said ...
  • “Thyssenkrupp bets on e-cars – and warns the Greens”

    German steelmaker Thyssenkrupp’s CEO Heinrich Hiesinger said that a strict combustion engine ban could cost the auto industry a lot of money because of the long-term planning of affected companies, writes Carsten Dierig for Welt Online. “The immediate ...
  • Higher demand abroad than at home for German e-cars

    German carmakers are keeping up in the international race for electro mobility, even though it remains a niche market in Germany itself, the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW Köln) says in its weekly newsletter. “Germany is not the leading ...
  • “Car sharing finally has a chance with new law”

    Car sharing in Germany will experience a push after a new law comes into force on 1 September, writes Michael Kuntz in an opinion piece in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Among other things, the regulation makes it easier for states, cities and municipalities to ...
  • “Diesel vs e-car – One good idea and seven inconvenient truths”

    There are still many technical, political and financial hurdles on the path to fully electric road transport, and its final development is much less clear, writes Handelsblatt. Handelsblatt lists “seven inconvenient truths,” such as “e-cars are only as ...
  • “E-cars need a lot of steel, too”

    The auto sector will remain one of the steel industry's biggest customers, because the switch to e-mobility demands large quantities of steel for component parts, charging stations, power grids and power stations, Helmut Bünder writes for Frankfurter ...
  • “UBA questions effective retrofitting of diesel cars

    Even technical retrofitting of “a significant share” of German diesel cars would hardly reduce the nitrogen oxide concentration in cities, say internal documents of the Federal Environment Agency (UBA), reports Morton Freidel in the Frankfurter Allgemeine ...
  • “11,900 euros: Germany’s cheapest e-car could become a bestseller”

    Germany’s current cheapest electric car, the e.GO Life, comes from the small, new manufacturer e.GO Mobile and has the potential to become a bestseller, Focus Online reports. “We aim for a production of 20,000 cars by 2019,” says CEO Günter Schuh, who is ...
  • “Diesel cars: Software updates not enough for clean air”

    German environment minister Barbara Hendricks says the software updates for diesel cars exceeding emission limits agreed on at the national “diesel summit” in early August can only be “a first step” and need to be followed by technical retrofitting of the ...
  • German car industry remains upbeat despite diesel affair

    Business prospects for the German car industry remain strong despite the ongoing debate about the future of the diesel engine, the Institute for Economic Research (ifo) said in its release on the ifo business climate index, the closely watched indicator ...
  • Cars by far most used means of transport for German commuters

    Most Germans use their car to get to their workplace, according to Germany’s Federal Statistical Office (Destatis). More than two thirds (68 percent) use the car, while just 14 percent routinely take public transportation services such as buses or trains ...
  • Germans’ favourite holiday island could aid e-car’s success, study says

    The Mediterranean island of Mallorca could serve as a gateway for Germans and other tourists to get first-hand experience with electric cars, according to a study by the Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences. Mallorca, the most popular holiday island ...
  • “Germany’s naïve faith in the car god”

    Many industry observers in Germany warn that a mandatory e-car quota equals a “ planned economy ” and violates free market rules, “but it seems that the free market economy does not know where to go from here either”, Thomas Fricke writes in a column for ...
  • “Power grid not ready for e-car boom”

    The power grid in southern German states Bavaria and Baden-Wuerttemberg is not ready to cope with a large increase of electric vehicles, news agency dpa says in an article carried by website General-Anzeiger online. Industry experts estimate that the ...
  • Fix end date for combustion engine cars after coalition talks – Green Party head

    The Greens’ call for an end to the sale of new internal combustion engine cars by 2030 was meant to deliver a “wake-up call to the German industry", said Cem Özdemir, co-head and one of the two leading candidates for the Green Party in the upcoming ...
  • Environment ministry expects European quota for emission-free cars

    Jochen Flasbarth, state secretary in the German environment ministry, said he expected the European Union to come forth with a proposal for a European quota for emission-free cars this autumn, reports news agency dpa in an article carried by Frankfurter ...
  • “Will Merkel really ban ICE cars in Germany?”

    Despite German Chancellor Angela Merkel “unexpectedly” signalling support for an eventual ban of internal combustion engine (ICE) cars, it is unlikely she will actually push for an early phase-out, writes Zachary Shahan in an opinion piece for ...
  • “EU ‘increasingly likely’ to implement electric car quota, despite denials”

    Despite public denials, the European Commission is considering implementing an e-car quota to be achieved by automakers by 2030, writes Arthur Nelson for Climate Home. “It is looking increasingly likely that [the Commission] will come forward with a ...
  • “Merkel rejects Schulz’s e-car quota”

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has rejected a proposal by social democratic (SPD) frontrunner Martin Schulz to introduce a mandatory European quota for electric cars, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. “What are we going to do if the quota is not ...
  • "Inverted car world"

    The cooperation between German logistics company Deutsche Post DHL and US carmaker Ford on an electric delivery vehicle can be described as an "inverted world", writes Helmut Bünder in an opinion piece in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Deutsche ...
  • Merkel has not given up on 2020 e-car target

    Chancellor Angela Merkel stands by the German government’s goal to have one million electric vehicles on Germany’s roads by 2020, she said in an interview broadcast live on YouTube. “No, no, no, I have not given it up. […] I only said we have to do more, ...
  • “Carmakers outbid each other with buyer’s bonuses for old diesel cars

    German car manufacturers “outbid each other” with buyer’s bonuses for customers switching away from an old diesel car, writes Henrik Mortsiefer for Tagesspiegel. Volkswagen launched its “environmental programme”, promising up to 10,000 euros on purchasing ...
  • “German’s e-car scepticism remains high”

    Fifty percent of Germans would not consider buying an electric car in the coming years, according to a representative survey by Institut für Demoskopie Allensbach, commissioned by Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). Only 30 percent of respondents said ...
  • “Schulz pushes for e-car quota”

    Social Democratic (SPD) chancellor candidate Martin Schulz calls for a binding European e-mobility quota as a consequence of the diesel scandal, reports Peter Fahrenholz for Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ). “With a binding European e-mobility quota we will ...
  • “Merkel’s ‘no’ to an e-car quota is not enough“

    Rejecting a European quota for electric vehicles by simply denouncing the idea as “ not well thought out ” is an inadequate answer by Chancellor Angela Merkel, Antje Sirleschtov writes in a commentary for Tagesspiegel. There were indeed many reasons to ...
  • 2030 goal of Austrian transport minister: only emissions-free car registrations

    The transport minister of Austria wants to see new registration of conventional cars phased-out by 2030, writes Handelsblatt. “It is my goal that in 2030, only emissions-free cars will be registered in Austria,” Austrian transport minister Jörg ...
  • “EU says no plans for electric cars quotas”

    The EU Commission is not planning to introduce e-car sales quotas, said a Commission spokesperson in reaction to reports by German daily Handelsblatt, writes news agency Reuters. Read the article in English here. Find background material on the carmakers ...
  • “The heads of the car companies have not grasped the gravity of the situation”

    The diesel scandal is only the tip of the iceberg of the German car industry’s troubles and neither the manufacturers’ CEOs nor Chancellor Angela Merkel have grasped the gravity of the crisis, writes Heribert Prantl in an opinion piece in Süddeutsche ...
  • 26,589 applications for e-car buyer’s premium

    The Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA) has received 26,589 applications for the e-car buyer’s premium since the official launch on 2 July 2016, according to a statement. The government aims to reach the critical mass of 400,000 ...
  • New hybrid and e-car registrations more than double in July, compared to last year; diesel down 13 percent

    News registrations of hybrids and e-cars rose 104 and 132 percent respectively in July 2017, compared to the same month last year, writes the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) in a press release. This amounted to about 3 percent of all new passenger ...
  • Bavaria's PM "calls for reduction of vehicle tax for diesel cars

    Bavarian state premier Horst Seehofer (the Christian Social Union, or CSU) wants to counter falling diesel car sales by reducing vehicle taxes on “low-emission Euro-6-diesel” cars, reports German weekly Der Spiegel. In a separate article, Spiegel Online ...
  • Children's TV show hero swaps combustion car for bicycle

    One of Germany’s most famous children’s TV characters weighed in on the car emissions debate, swapping its combustion engine car for a bicycle in a video posted on Twitter. German public broadcaster WDR posted the video which shows the animated mouse from ...
  • Opinion: The myth of a clean electric car

    The electric car might not be the clean alternative to combustion engines many believe it to be, because of environmental damage from batteries and the extraction of raw materials such as cobalt or lithium, Henrik Böhme argues in an opinion piece on ...
  • “Diesel loses appeal on car buyers”

    German car customers are losing interest in diesel engines as the evolving emissions scandal and looming driving bans in many German cities take their toll on the once dominant technology, Focus Online reports. Diesel registrations fell by 9.1 percent in ...
  • BMW and Daimler halt e-car charging station cooperation after cartel allegations – company sources

    Bavarian carmaker BMW has put a joint e-car charging infrastructure project with carmaker Daimler on hold after Daimler became the first German manufacturer to make a voluntary disclosure to the authorities  over cartel allegations, according to company ...
  • Audi, BMW and Daimler to pay for car upgrades to fix emissions

    German car manufacturers are willing to pay for certain upgrades and retrofitting to reduce their diesel cars’ nitrogen oxide emissions and help avoid driving bans, Peter Fahrenholz writes in Süddeutsche Zeitung. BMW and Audi signalled to the Bavarian ...
  • SPD deputy chairman calls for alliance between car industry and the state

    SPD deputy chairman Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel has called for close cooperation between carmakers and the state to protect jobs as the sector shifts away from fossil fuels, Stephan Haselberger reports for Tagesspiegel. “We have to ensure that e-cars are ...
  • “Turmoil in the car industry because of China’s e-quota”

    The German government has called on China to postpone its planned e-car quota for carmakers, Handelsblatt reports. The four largest carmaker associations from Europe, the US, Japan and South Korea have all requested that China amend the quota and grant ...
  • “EnBW to build 1,000 charging stations for e-cars along the Autobahn“

    German utility EnBW is to equip the country’s most frequented motorway (Autobahn) service stations with charging stations for e-cars, Bernd Freytag and Susanne Preuß write in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The company wants to have set up 1,000 stations ...
  • “Federal government remains optimistic with regard to e-cars

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in May that her government was probably going to miss its goal of putting one million e-cars on the road by 2020- but now the mood seems to have changed, Peter Hannen writes in pv magazine. In a response to a ...
  • “Declining diesel car share not a hurdle for meeting EU’s CO₂ reduction targets”

    The average diesel passenger car on Europe’s roads emits less CO₂ than a comparable petrol car, but the compliance cost of meeting the European Union’s CO2 reduction target for new cars by 2025 would be up to 280 euros per vehicle lower with fewer diesel ...
  • “Which 18-year old still dreams of their own car?”

    Mobility in Germany used to be equated with auto-mobility but an increasing number of young people never own a car or even get a driving licence, Green Party MP Matthias Gastel writes in a guest article on Zeit Online. Young Germans preferred to use a ...
  • Carmaker Audi's workers' council head demands e-car production in Germany

    Peter Mosch, head of the workers’ council of German carmaker Audi, has criticised a management decision to locate production of the company’s second electric car abroad, Philipp Vetter reports on Welt Online. “If the company management shows no ...
  • Wide alliance calls for general speed limit on German autobahn for safety and climate

    12 Apr 2019, 13:45 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Transport Cars Clean Energy Wire A broad alliance of environmental NGOs, police unions and traffic accident victim organisations has called for ...
  • Autonomous cars won’t dominate before 2040 - study

    The path to autonomous vehicles will be an evolution rather than a revolution, and fully “digital cars” won’t dominate Germany’s roads before 2040, according to a Deutsche Bank study. This is due to the industry’s long development cycles, the longevity of ...
  • China moves to e-car pole position

    China has moved into pole position in management consultancy Roland Berger’s international e-mobility ranking for the first time. Whereas Chinese e-car sales doubled last year, the German market remains sluggish, potentially causing German carmakers to ...
  • “Daimler, BAIC team up to make electric cars in China”

    German carmaker Daimler has agreed to make a “significant” investment in the production of electric vehicles in China, news agency Reuters reports. Together with its long-term partner company BAIC, the German luxury car brand has made “ an important first ...
  • “Carmakers don’t show enough emotion for e-cars

    The lack of emotional advertising by carmakers is an important reason for the slow uptake of e-cars in Germany, writes Thomas Fromm in a commentary for Süddeutsche Zeitung. “If only they had worked on the image of hip e-cars on time, instead of constantly ...
  • German car industry counts on synthetic fuels

    The German car industry has high hopes for synthetic fuels, but their plans could backfire in light of global efforts to electrify transport, writes Jens Tartler in Tagesspiegel. Synthetic fuels, produced with the help of renewable electricity, could be ...
  • Diesel has become serious danger for German car industry

    The search of Daimler offices last week by prosecutors reveals that the diesel engine has become the biggest and most dangerous problem for German carmakers, writes Grischa Brower-Rabinowitsch in a commentary for business daily Handelsblatt. The companies ...
  • “Germany's Gabriel sees 'deal' with China on e-car quota”

    Germany’s foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel expects China to relax its new rules on electric cars, reports Deutsche Welle. The talks on softening the ambitious e-car quota were "on the right track," Gabriel said during a visit in Beijing. The ...
  • Industry says environmental NGOs have thwarted compromise on Germany’s transport emissions

    29 Mar 2019, 14:01 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Transport Cars Clean Energy Wire The influential lobby group Federation of German Industries (BDI) has said that a “blockade mentality” by ...
  • “Germany likely to miss e-cars target, says Merkel”

    Germany will probably miss its target of bringing one million electric cars on to the roads by 2020, according to Chancellor Angela Merkel. “As it looks at the moment, we will not achieve this goal,” Merkel told fellow lawmakers, reports Michael Nienaber ...
  • Transport ministry plan to retrofit diesel cars

    Germany’s transport ministry and carmaker association VDA hope to prevent diesel driving bans in the country’s cities by retrofitting older diesel cars to make them cleaner, report Gerald Traufetter and Christoph Stockburger in Spiegel Online. An ...
  • “First city utters driving bans: Hamburg blocks two main thoroughfares for diesel cars

    Hamburg is the first German city to ban older diesel cars from main thoroughfares all year round to improve local air quality, reports Nils-Viktor Sorge for Spiegel Online. Even though only two roads are affected, the decision “has a highly symbolic ...
  • “Survey: Diesel car drivers ponder switch”

    Only two in five diesel car drivers plan to stick with the technology when buying their next car, while the rest are unsure or want to switch to an alternative drive, according to a survey by pollster forsa, reports news agency dpa. Most respondents said ...
  • Green party launches push for decarbonisation of cars

    The Green Party has put out a “Clean Car Roadmap” with detailed proposals aimed at speeding up the move towards a low-carbon transport sector. The goal remained to end production of combustion engine cars by 2030. The paper urges a number of immediate ...
  • “Record growth for e-cars in the first quarter”

    The first quarter of 2017 has seen a new record for e-car registrations in Germany, the scientific foundation Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Wuerttemberg (ZSW) said in a press release. A total of 11,624 electric vehicles was ...
  • Commission cannot agree how to reduce Germany’s transport emissions

    22 Mar 2019, 13:18 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Transport Cars WirtschaftsWoche A first draft of the final report by Germany’s transport commission does not include sufficient measures to bring ...
  • “Supplier Continental reserves more money for e-cars

    German car part supplier Continental increasingly bets on electric engines as an emerging business, Stefan Menzel writes on Handelsblatt Online. “The shift to the e-car will come, it can’t be stopped anymore,” Menzel writes, saying Continental will expand ...
  • “Car becomes less important to Germans”

    The car is becoming less important to Germans, and drivers are growing more open towards alternative ways of transport, writes Dagmar Dehmer in Tagesspiegel. Two thirds of Germans wish for a better bicycle infrastructure and 61 percent of urban motorists ...
  • “VW aims to meet tough China green car quotas, no plan to buy credits”

    German carmaker Volkswagen plans to comply with China’s planned quota for e-cars without buying additional credits from competitors, reports Jake Spring for Reuters. "We are fully with all forces working to be able to fulfil this quota system already ...
  • Map on e-car charging station infrastructure

    The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) published an interactive map on Germany’s public e-car charging station infrastructure on its website. The map currently shows the location, type of plug and charging capacity of 3,335 charging points across the country ...
  • “Grid has to grow considerably because of electric cars

    German power consumers might face a further rise of electricity costs caused by grid expansions required for e-mobility, according to a report by news agency dpa carried by the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Supplying e-car charging stations with electricity ...
  • “Post takes Streetscooter to market – and turns into Germany’s largest e-car seller”

    Deutsche Post DHL will double production capacity for its self-developed electric van, and start Streetscooter sales to third parties due to strong demand. The logistics company said in a press release it will commission another production location to ...
  • “Performance angst is putting eco-conscious Germany off electric cars

    The German attachment to “gas-guzzling autos” is part of the reason for the country’s sustained high CO 2 emissions, Jill Petzinger writes on website Quartz. According to transport expert Gregor Kolbe, “RIP”, a combination of range, infrastructure and ...
  • “The car industry’s brain”

    A large-scale transition to e-cars could shift the power balance between German carmakers and their suppliers in favour of car component producers like Bosch, ZF or Continental, Martin-Werner Buchenau writes in Handelsblatt. The engines have always been ...
  • Sales of e-cars almost double in March

    Sales of e-cars in Germany almost doubled in March, according to statistics by the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA). Registrations of new fully electric vehicles rose 98.5 percent year-on-year to 2.191 units (0.6 percent of total registrations), ...
  • “Congested, polluted and with car jobs at risk, Stuttgart reaches a crossroads”

    Stuttgart, the city where the automobile was born, has the dirtiest air in Germany and is threatened by a global drive to electric vehicles, reports John Vidal in the Observer. Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Bosch and many other major auto suppliers are based in ...
  • “Daimler steps back from fuel-cell car development”

    Fuel cells are no longer a major part of Daimler’s plans, reports Fortune. CEO Dieter Zetsche said declining battery costs have made fuel cell vehicles uncompetitive with electric cars, according to a report by news site Smart2Zero. Zetsche’s statements ...
  • Transport commission meeting in German Chancellery ends with dispute over principles

    15 Mar 2019, 13:35 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Transport Cars Tagesspiegel Background / Clean Energy Wire A meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel, ministers from her cabinet and ...
  • Car part maker Bosch adds over 20,000 jobs worldwide

    The world’s largest car manufacturing supplier, Bosch, plans to create more than 20,000 jobs worldwide this year to meet the demand created by digitalisation and e-mobility, the Tagesspiegel reports. The group currently has 390,000 employees, some 250,000 ...
  • “Daimler accelerates electric car programme”

    Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler is accelerating its electric car programme, after it failed to cut fleet emissions in Europe for the first time since 2007 last year, Ilona Wissenbach and Edward Taylor report for Reuters. “In the coming years, the company will ...
  • “We need a quota for e-cars

    Germany needs a quota for the share of e-cars in total car sales, the president of the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) Maria Krautzberger said,  reiterating earlier calls in an interview with Zeit Online. Krautzberger also said that she is sure that a ...
  • “Angela Merkel defends diesel cars

    German chancellor Angela Merkel has defended diesel cars as environmentally friendly, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. “Diesel cars are as good for climate protection today as they were yesterday and the day before yesterday,” Merkel said ...
  • “Germans don’t care about e-cars

    Germans are less and less keen about electric cars, Bild Zeitung reports. According to a survey by mobile.de, 15.7 percent of people said they were interested in buying an e-car, compared to 16 percent in the 2015 survey, Bild writes. In the countryside, ...
  • Merkel summons transport commission leaders to ensure progress on climate goals

    14 Mar 2019, 13:24 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Cars Government Süddeutsche Zeitung / Handelsblatt Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel summoned the leaders of the country’s transport commission ...
  • “German retailers join e-car infrastructure expansion”

    Leading retailers in Germany plan to significantly expand their network of e-car charging stations in 2017, report Brían Hanrahan and Florian Kolf in Handelsblatt Global Edition. About 200 new stations will be built in customer parking lots of supermarket ...
  • Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW to build more than 106,000 e-cars this year

    German carmakers Volkswagen, Daimler, and BMW are likely to build more than 106,000 e-cars this year, an increase of 54 percent compared to last year, according to a forecast by business consultancy PwC. Production of hybrid models by German carmakers ...
  • "Getting the Energiewende back on track, exiting coal and supporting emissions-free car"

    The German Green Party is determined to make climate protection and “ecologic modernisation” a central issue of their election campaign. “Climate and environment policy also are a question of fairness,” the Greens stated in a preliminary draft of the ...
  • “Germany’s plan for 100 percent electric cars may actually increase carbon emissions”

    An ambitious target to replace all combustion engine cars in Germany with electric vehicles by 2030 might increase CO 2 emissions instead of lowering them, writes Denes Csala, lecturer at Lancaster University, in an article for The Conversation. “Unless ...
  • “Electric cars finally connect”

    A new 300 million euro government subsidy programme designed to promote electric car charging stations in Germany is bearing fruit, according to Handelsblatt. Several utilities are preparing to install several thousand charging stations, whose number ...
  • “E-cars spur turnover”

    Automotive supplier SHW is confident it will soon boost its revenues by providing parts for vehicles with alternative engines- despite losing a major order worth 100 million euros by US e-car manufacturer Tesla, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. CEO ...
  • “China to relax quotas for German e-cars

    China has decided to relax its ambitious quotas for electric and hybrid car production after holding high-level discussions with Germany, business daily Handelsblatt has learned from three sources. Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang ...
  • Court tells Munich to prepare concept for diesel car bans

    A week after Daimler and Porsche hometown Stuttgart said it would impose a diesel ban to improve local air quality, a court has told BMW hometown Munich to also prepare a concept for such a measure. The city and the state of Bavaria, of which it is the ...
  • “The beginning of the end for the diesel car”

    Environmental NGO DUH, which sues many German cities over excessive air pollution levels, calls the measures agreed in Stuttgart a “Mickey Mouse driving ban” because it only affects certain diesel cars on certain days. “We need driving bans for all ...
  • “Germany’s Stuttgart set to ban some diesel cars from city centre”

    Stuttgart is the first German city to introduce a ban on older diesel cars to improve air quality. The home of Mercedes-Benz and Porsche will ban diesel cars which do not meet the latest emissions standards from entering the city on days when pollution is ...
  • Brussels gives green light to Germany’s e-car charging infrastructure

    The European Commission has given Germany’s plans to expand its charging infrastructure for alternative engines  the green light, the Federal Ministry of Transport (BMVI) says in a press release. “We will give car users the confidence that they can ...
  • “E-car threatens 100,000 supplier industry jobs”

    Insolvency administrators believe e-cars will lead to the loss of more than 100,000 jobs in the German car supplier industry, according to a report by newswire dpa carried by Spiegel Online. Many companies will not manage the transition, said Martin ...
  • “Hendricks believes new scrappage bonus for cars possible”

    Germany’s environment minister Barbara Hendricks believes the country might introduce a scrappage bonus for cars with combustion engines in a few years’ time. “It can’t be ruled out. We don’t have to take a decision on it in the coming two or three years. ...
  • “Bicycle keys or car keys?

    The federal environment ministry supports a project that aims to create and develop new possibilities and offers for climate-friendly mobility in residential environments. These could include car sharing stations and safe parking for bicycles and ...
  • Environment ministry starts pilot projects to test alternatives for cars in cities

    Germany’s environment minister Barbara Hendricks supports pilot projects in four cities that are experimenting with mobility alternatives to privately owned cars, the Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMUB) has said in a press release. “One out of two ...
  • “Driving a car is not a fundamental right”

    Driving cars might be very dear to large parts of the German population, but it is not a fundamental right and can be harmful to health and environment, writes Svenja Bergt in an opinion piece in tageszeitung (taz). Instead of half-hearted diesel bans, ...
  • Old diesel cars responsible for high nitrogen dioxide pollution in German cities

    Diesel cars, and older models in particular, are responsible for high levels of nitrogen dioxide pollution in German city centres, according to Federal Environment Agency (UBA). 57 percent of measuring stations close to traffic showed pollution exceeding ...
  • “Tomorrow’s car will only arrive the day after tomorrow”

    Carmakers’ claims about the pending transport revolution are overblown, writes Stefan Voswinkel in mass-tabloid Bild. Whereas the companies promise realistic e-car driving ranges of 500 kilometres, that distance shrinks dramatically under adverse ...
  • “Regulation puts the breaks on electric cars

    A rule governing taxi registration is holding up the transition to e-vehicles, Martin Buchenau writes for Handelsblatt. As of the end of 2016, only vehicles manufactured for use as taxis may be registered. The regulation is aimed at preventing tampering ...
  • “Diesel cars must stay out”

    By banning private diesel cars from the inner city, Oslo has done what German municipalities do not dare to do, Claus Hecking writes on Spiegel Online. The controversial diesel ban is the first of its kind in the often smog-ridden Norwegian capital, ...
  • “Car association: diesel technology indispensable”

    The German car industry says that diesel technology is “at least in the mid-term” indispensable to reach climate targets, writes the German Bundestag in a press release. In a hearing before the parliament’s committee of inquiry for the diesel emissions ...
  • By 2025, a quarter of BMW car sales to be pure electric

    Luxury carmaker BMW aims to increase the share of pure electric vehicles of its total sales to 25 percent by 2025, BMW board member Klaus Fröhlich told Focus magazine. “That is more than half a million vehicles,”  he said. He added that his company will ...
  • “We need a quota for electric cars

    German environment minister Barbara Hendricks has suggested a quota for e-cars might be needed to kick-start e-mobility. “I do not expect a sweeping ban on combustion engines. But it’s well possible that we will need a quota for e-cars to manage a smooth ...
  • “E-car misery”

    The start of the Detroit Auto Show once again shows that German carmakers lag behind on e-mobility, as they are mainly presenting conventional cars, write Thomas Fromm and Max Hägler in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. “They’re still not here, the fascinating e ...
  • “Car suppliers face radical change”

    German car suppliers are in good shape thanks to the current global success of the country’s carmakers, but the industry faces an uncertain future, write Imelda Flaig und Inge Nowak in Stuttgarter Zeitung. The international move to electric and shared ...
  • Diesel cars on average emit more nitrogen oxides than heavy-duty vehicles

    Euro 6 diesel cars on average emit more than double the amount of NOx as modern trucks or buses, according to emissions data from Germany and Finland examined by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). “The average NOx emissions of the ...
  • “Consumers think about e-cars, but are reluctant to buy”

    Almost half of car buyers in Germany – 44 percent- think about purchasing an electric vehicle, according to a survey by business consultancy McKinsey. But only three percent decided to buy such a vehicle. A quarter of those polled said the price of an e ...
  • SUVs record largest gains in new car registrations

    The popularity of sport utility vehicles (SUVs) continues to grow in Germany. New SUV registrations rose by a quarter last year, outpacing all other vehicle classes, according to the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA). But new cars’ average CO 2 ...
  • What will the year 2017 bring for cars?

    The transition to electric and autonomous cars will take much longer than enthusiasts anticipate, writes Holger Appel in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Not a single e-car suitable for the mass-market is available, and the highly anticipated models of ...
  • 14 Nov 2016 |

    German Greens to make coal exit, fossil car ban an election focus

    14 Nov 2016 Banning combustion engines in new cars by 2030 and exiting coal-fired power production as early as 2025 are likely to be two key Green Party demands in the general elections in autumn 2017, the party decided at its convention. But controversy ...
  • “Survey: 10 percent of company passenger car fleets include alternative drives”

    Alternative drives and fuels play only a minor role in company car fleets, according to a survey by German Energy Agency (dena). “Only 10 percent include such low-emission vehicles [and] only 3 percent have electric vehicles,” writes dena in a press ...
  • “Car suppliers face e-challenge”

    Car suppliers whose sales depend largely on the combustion engine face a difficult future after the emissions scandal and analysts predict stock prices will remain relatively unchanged over the coming year, writes Martin Gropp in Frankfurter Allgemeine ...
  • “Continued increase in engine performance of passenger cars prevents reduction in CO₂ emissions”

    The continued increase of engine performance of newly registered passenger cars in Germany prevented a reduction of their total CO₂ emissions between 2008 and 2015, writes Germany's statistics agency Destatis in a press release. New cars registered ...
  • “Car emissions: Commission opens infringement procedures against seven member states for breach of EU rules”

    The European Commission has opened infringement procedures against several EU member states, including Germany, for not applying their national provisions on penalties despite VW’s use of illegal defeat device software. “Additionally, the Commission takes ...
  • “E-cars arrive, jobs leave”

    A shift to electric mobility from the combustion engine could significantly reduce the number of jobs in Germany’s car-making industry because the production of e-cars and batteries requires less workers and a different skill-set, writes Guido Bellberg in ...
  • “Buyer’s premium for e-cars steers transportation transition into an impasse”

    Germany’s buyer’s premium for e-cars is obstructing energy transition in the transportation sector, as it fosters the sale of private cars rather than sustainable mobility concepts, a study commissioned by Greenpeace has found. In order to ensure that e ...
  • “Electric car registrations in November”

    Just 1,231 new electric vehicles were registered in November, down 10 percent on the same period last year, Die Welt reports. Part of the reason may be that a subsidy introduced in June boosted sales slightly in the following weeks and resulted in long ...
  • Automakers plan joint European e-car charging network

    BMW, Daimler, Ford, Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche have formed a joint venture to deploy a charging network for e-vehicles covering European travel routes. “The goal is to enable long-distance travel through open-network charging stations along highways and ...
  • Minister calls for extra industry efforts to master shift towards e-cars

    Carmakers in Germany need to embrace a global “disruptive” shift in mobility by adjusting their production to the looming dominance of e-cars, Peter Altmaier, Chief of the German Chancellery, said at the “ Agenda 2017 ” conference of   Tagesspiegel in ...
  • 14 Sep 2017 |

    Early e-car starter BMW plans new mobility sprint

    14 Sep 2017 (All day) BMW is one of the world’s largest luxury car manufacturers. The Bavarian company is mainly known for its high-horsepower performance vehicles, but it is also a pioneer in e-mobility and sustainability among German carmakers. After a ...
  • 14 Sep 2017 |

    Reluctant Daimler plans “radical” push into new mobility world

    14 Sep 2017 (All day) The Daimler Group and its iconic Mercedes-Benz brand are global bywords for luxury cars made in Germany. The company is a classic powerhouse of automobile innovation but was slow to embrace e-mobility in earnest. Spooked by the ...
  • 15 Sep 2017 |

    Dieselgate forces VW to embrace green mobility

    15 Sep 2017 (All day) The VW Group is a global giant of the automobile industry and comprises a range of different car brands. The company was slow to embrace sustainable transport compared to its German peers BMW and Daimler. But, in the wake of the ...
  • 28 Feb 2018 |

    Diesel driving bans in Germany – The Q&A

    28 Feb 2018 (All day) In a landmark ruling, Germany's Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig decided that local driving bans can be a legally admissible measure to enforce EU clean air rules. This factsheet provides answers to the key questions ...
  • 15 Apr 2019 |

    "Dieselgate"- a timeline of Germany's car emissions fraud scandal

    15 Apr 2019, 16:00 As more and more countries around the globe announce concrete goals to phase out internal combustion engines in passenger cars, the automobile's birthplace Germany is embroiled in an affair over exhaust emissions manipulation in ...
  • 21 Mar 2019 |

    The task force in charge of steering Germany to clean mobility

    21 Mar 2019, 11:52 Germany struggles to lower emissions in the transport sector and has launched an advisory panel to clean up the sector according to national climate targets. Its findings, to be published by spring, are meant to feed into the government ...
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    The Infrastructure & Enterprises Division of the Institute of Applied Ecology (Öko-Institut) has been working for years on four major thematic complexes: How can mobility be shaped sustainably? Which technical and logistic measures need to be put in ...
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    Climate, clean air and digital age: Shifting gears in car country?

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  • Electric mobility, CO2 limits, Dieselgate: The big challenge for German automotive suppliers

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    Since 2006, the Integrierte Verkehrsleitzentrale (Municipal Integrated Traffic Control Center, IVLZ) has been in charge of Stuttgart’s traffic control and management. It consolidates up-to-the-minute traffic information from local police, public ...
  • Citizen’s initiative against traffic-induced air pollution

    Bürgerinitiative Neckartor (Citizen’s Initiative Neckartor, BI Neckartor) was initiated by residents near Germany’s most polluted intersection, Neckartor, in the heart of Stuttgart. Their goal is to raise awareness about traffic-induced air pollution, ...
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