Germany will put a ban on new diesel car sales into place in the future, similar to those already confirmed by Britain and France. However, a timescale has not yet been discussed, with the German automotive industry a major producer of diesel-powered vehicles.
Chancellor Angela Merkel confirmed that Germany must eventually follow moves by other European countries in banning the sale of new diesel cars. However, in an interview with Super Illu magazine, she’s quoted as saying “I don’t want to name an exact year” reports Reuters.
Merkel agreed that plans to remove petrol and diesel cars from sale and focus on electrified vehicles “were the right approach”. Though there is expected to be considerable resistance from a powerful domestic automotive industry that includes the likes of giants VW Group, BMW Group, and Daimler.
Each of those groups has a relatively strong portfolio of electrified models currently, but diesel models still make up the majority of sales in many markets. The automotive industry is Germany’s largest exporter, with around 800,000 jobs linked to the sector.
With an election due towards the end of September, and Merkel standing for a fourth term, the issues surrounding diesel cars have become big news in Germany.
German manufacturers have already launched ‘diesel-scrappage schemes’ at home and abroad, which allow drivers of Euro 4 and older models to upgrade to cleaner models with significant discounts. Each of the above groups has laid out significant electric car plans for the next 10 years or so too.
However, the cloud of the emissions scandal still hangs over the automotive industry as a whole, perhaps no more so than in Germany where the famed car industry must win back trust, according to Merkel.