Stuttgart the home of Mercedes and Porsche will fight to save diesel in its streets

By:   Fedora Atjeh Fedora Atjeh   |   Oktober 04, 2017
Stuttgart the home of Mercedes and Porsche

The German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg has announced its rejection of the injunction that forces it to ban diesel cars in the streets of its capital, Stuttgart. The region will appeal a decision that was made last July and which meant that in early 2018, the circulation of diesel-powered vehicles would be a thing of the past.

Stuttgart is the capital of the German state Baden-Württemberg; is the largest city in Baden-Württemberg and sixth in Germany, and home to giants like Daimler, Porsche and Bosch. It was the so-called 'diesel summit' held in Berlin in August, which put the arguments of the main players in the automotive industry and the state before an imminent war against diesel engines. The results, bittersweet.

In July, a judge from the Administrative Litigation Court called for a rapid ban on the circulation of diesel vehicles in Stuttgart; a ruling that was supported by another judge who gave the reason in turn to a lawsuit filed by the organization Deutsche Umwelthilfe (German Aid for the Environment).

Baden-Württemberg, governed by a coalition of conservatives and green ecologists, had already said that it would study the court's decision, which it considers to be the only way to meet the nitrogen oxide (NOx) emission standards of the European Union and thus improve the poor air quality of the German region.

Faced with the possibility of taking 15 million vehicles off the map, it was agreed to hold the diesel summit with ministers and state leaders in Berlin in the face of growing nervousness in the automotive industry.

Conclusions? The manufacturers promise to upgrade 5.3 million diesel vehicles, the proclamation of "improving diesel instead of banning it" and criticism of environmental factions, which summarized the agreements reached as "oxygen to dying engines."

The Dieselgate scandal by the Volkswagen Group and recent cartels uncovered between car and truck manufacturers (the latter settled a few days ago with record fines) have put the eye on diesel technology, considered by associations such as ACEA as a mere bridge to hybrid and alternative engines.

Until the Leipzig Federal Administrative Court gives its ruling, it will not be necessary for the prohibition (which exempts public services) to enter into force, so that the struggle to save a technology which many consider moribund, will continue, even more so in the cradle European diesel market. A word whose meaning is irrevocably associated with evil.

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