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Munich’s town hall plans to ban diesel vehicles to lower the level of nitrogen oxides in the city

Munich plans to ban older diesel vehicles.


Munich’s mayor, Dieter Reiter, announced today that the town hall wants to put a ban on diesel cars due to the high levels of nitrogen oxides released by these vehicles in the Bavarian capital.

Munich mayor, Dieter Reiter, announced today (Wednesday), that the town hall wants to put a ban on diesel cars due to the high levels of nitrogen oxides released by these cars in the Bavarian capital.

Reiter added that he is not happy with such a measure, but the levels of emissions in the city of Munich are so high due to the presence of the older diesel vehicles.

When journalists from Sueddeutsche Zeitung asked the mayor for the level of nitrogen oxides measured in the city, he only stated the following “… the results are shocking, nobody expected this.”

In terms of diesel vehicles, the ban will only exempt the diesel vehicles that comply with the latest Euro 6 emission rules, which brings some confuse among the drivers of diesel vehicles that comply with the Euro 5 emission rules (which are not old at all).

Munich is also the home of the German automaker BMW, and such a measure will heavily affect the sales of diesel BMW’s that are not meeting the latest Euro 6 emission rules.

In Munich, a number of 133,000 up to 170,000 vehicles will be affected by the measure (depending on the level of the ban).

Stuttgart (another major German city, which is also the home of Mercedes-Benz and Porsche), plans to introduce similar measures starting with the next year (2018).

Such measures in the U.S. would affect less vehicles because especially after the VW scandal, the sales of diesel vehicles represent only half the number of diesel vehicles sold in Germany.

Because Germany’s three major automakers invested pretty heavily in diesel plants and r&d (research and development), it is expected to see a massive export of the older diesel vehicles in the neighboring countries, where such measures to ban diesel vehicles are not yet in place.

It is more than obvious that the days of the diesel vehicles (new or older) are… numbered.

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I am a writer and reporter for the clean energy sector, I cover climate change issues, new clean technologies, sustainability and green cars.

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