Germany prepares war of the bad fumes of the diesel

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joint Communiqué on the Website of the lander of Bavaria

If there is a european country where the car industry is important, we should look first at Germany. Of the 19.2 million vehicles (passenger cars and (VI) manufactured in the European Union in 2016, more than 6 million were produced there. That is more than double the second largest producer, Spain.

it Is understandable, therefore, that the authorities tend to give a favourable treatment to manufacturers established there. However, the increase in emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOx) from diesel engines and the scandal Volkswagen is tightening its positions.

Today it has published a joint statement of the representatives of the regions of Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Hesse, Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia, demanding changes to the manufacturers. In those regions have headquarters Daimler, Porsche, BMW, Opel and Ford Europe. Want less smoke, especially of the diesel.

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The actual emissions of NOx exceed the legal limits in almost all manufacturers, but there are big differences between them (generation Euro 6)

If the listed manufacturers have been tight -in the real world – the legal limits of emissions, there would be less of an issue, but it is very common to exceed those limits two to four times marked by Brussels. In consequence, it is as if they travel through Germany several million more vehicles, and the air quality is worse in that line.

What to ask the administrators of these five landers?

on the one hand, ask for offer improvements to the owners of the existing park of diesel vehicle, so that it does not have a cost for their owners, and that a reduction in emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx). On the other hand, ask incentives so that it is easier to buy a diesel of the latest generation (Euro 6).

in Parallel, the mayors of several major cities have threatened to prohibit the circulation of the diesel if it continues to increase the contamination. In this climate of hostility, the sales of these engines have been steadily losing weight in the past few months. These measures will first affect the diesel older, not everyone, but the fear of the consumer is there in the medium and long term.

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little by Little we approach even the scenario of hostility towards the diesel as the one that took Japan from the mid-90s, when you started the campaign “Say no to diesel vehicles”. With special emphasis on the heavy transport, is monitored much that the vehicles met the standards, even with phones of an anonymous complaint. These engines came to disappear from the market for months for the rejection is generated.

the leaders of The five landers of time make this request for the good, but it is not far off a requirement at the national level to call to review to some 12 million vehicles to reduce their actual emissions of NOx, both the Volkswagen as those that are not.

let us Remember that manufacturers such as Renault, Opel and Mercedes-Benz have already done -voluntarily – calls to review to reduce the level of the contaminant of tens of thousands of their cars. it is cheaper to reprogram ecus, although the most effective would be to make the mechanical modifications, but that would be very expensive.

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Volkswagen Golf Variant TDI equipped with a portable measuring system of exhaust gases (PEMS)

If there is such a call to review, how easy is that more countries will follow the example and obligen manufacturers to do the same, as for example France. , The European Union lacks mechanisms to enforce that, are the member states which have to request -or require – manufacturers to reduce the problem that they themselves have created.

The truth remained hidden for years because that was very unusual to do emissions testing outside the laboratory, because the measurement equipment portable (PEMS) were very expensive. Have progressively increasing the evidence, and the conclusion is unanimous: there is virtually no diesel fuel that meets the limits marked by Brussels at the moment that is homologaron.

gradually, the diesel is being cornered in Europe. From September 2017 to approve a new vehicle is going to be more difficult if it is diesel, so the manufacturers will reduce supply. Those that are already loose, they will end up being called to review, or they will have problems to circulate. Not a surprise, therefore, that the gasoline, the electric, the hybrid and the alternatives to gas are gaining popularity.