After trialing 12 electrically driven buses, Hamburg’s public transport company Hochbahn is going to switch to this cleaner and quieter alternative to diesel. The move also means a major infrastructure makeover.
On a bright May day, the northern city of Hamburg became the first in Germany to enact a diesel ban. But the city's residents are less than bowled over by the new arrangement, which has significant limitations.
The city of Hamburg is the first to penalize older diesel vehicles in an effort to improve air quality. The partial diesel ban was cheered by environmental groups and represents a blow to the auto industry.
Ebbing interest in diesel-engine vehicles and more public holidays caused car sales in Germany to decline in May compared to a year earlier. But experts said the domestic car market remains in good shape overall.
The port city has approved a ban on older diesel models from two major streets. The decision deals a blow to German automakers and the federal government, which had sought to avoid such bans.
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