Many German cities, including Hamburg, are planning to ban old diesels in areas with high pollution. Couriers have started making the switch to e-vans.
Courts are considering banning the formerly "green" fuel diesel to reduce air pollution. But experts warn that diesel vehicle bans may not be effective - not even for environmental protection.
After a German court ruling on air pollution in Stuttgart, routine fixes for polluting diesel cars won't help carmakers avoid driving bans. The decision has massive consequences for the industry, says DW's Henrik Böhme.
A German court is hearing arguments about what level of air pollution cities have to accept from diesel cars. Will they need to be retrofitted or simply banned? No matter what happens change won't be fast.
Not even a technical update will enable diesel cars to meet emissions specifications for German cities: An internal study by the German environment agency has revived debate over the future of the automobile industry.
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