Nearly half of all Berliners don't own a car. They either get around by bike or they car share. The concept isn't new but now car sharing companies are offering greater incentives and flexibility to attract more customers.
After German chancellor candidate Martin Schulz called for a Europe-wide quota for electric cars, the debate among German politicians, the EU and carmakers has picked up steam. In China, such a quota already exists.
German car makers "gambled away" public trust by manipulating emissions values in their diesel cars, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a Dortmund campaign speech. She added that honesty is part of the economy.
All participants at Berlin’s "Diesel Summit" agreed that a ban on diesel is to be avoided. Reclaiming trust, however, would be an important step, says DW's Dagmar Engel.
Some EU countries are discussing plans for gradually replacing diesel vehicles with more ecologically acceptable alternatives. Could their dumping of diesel give car salesmen in Bosnia-Herzegovina an unexpected boom?
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