Due to their heavy dependency on traditional engine technology, the German car industry risks falling behind in the race for less polluting modes of driving, says former Daimler executive Thomas Sattelberger.
For the first time, one of Germany's famed motorways has been affected by a diesel ban. German cities have instituted or are bracing for bans on older diesel cars after violating European clean air laws for years.
The two cities in western Germany are the latest to be ordered by a court to impose diesel vehicle bans. The German government is under pressure to get old, polluting vehicles off the roads.
How do Germans like to get around? That's the question the Transport Ministry asked in a nationwide poll. That the car still dominates is perhaps unsurprising but that doesn't help the nation's green goals.
Volkswagen reportedly wants to start producing some 200,000 electric vehicles at the two sites beginning in 2022. The move is part of the automaker's broader strategy to move to produce cleaner cars.
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