Measures for clean air already taking effect
Statement delivered by Bernhard Mattes, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), following today’s meeting of representatives of the automotive industry with Federal Transport Minister Scheuer
“The three German OEMs are again considerably increasing their commitment to clean air and offering their customers significant forms of assistance.
The German vehicle makers still take a critical view of hardware retrofits. At present there are no series-ready solutions on sale for hardware retrofits in passenger cars. And, given the lead time needed for development and approval, they are not going to be available on the market any time soon. We assume that such solutions cannot be expected until 2021.
Consistent implementation of the measures already launched will markedly improve air quality in the regions with pollution during the period from 2018 to 2020.
After 2020, the three German automakers will ensure that customers with old Euro 5 diesel vehicles can remain mobile by taking advantage of offers provided by the manufacturers. This might also include hardware retrofits. The three companies are pledging up to 3,000 euros per vehicle for mobility solutions in the cities most severely affected.
Today’s results show that the German automotive industry is doing all it can to ensure clean air in Germany’s towns and cities. Our top priority remains avoiding bans on driving diesel vehicles. The companies are taking responsibility for this by starting concrete initiatives and again stepping up their offers for customers.
We are installing free software updates in over 5.3 million diesel cars. Furthermore, our firms are offering very attractive replacement programs, because accelerating fleet renewal is the fastest and most effective way of improving air quality and thus avoiding vehicle bans. In addition, BMW, Daimler and the Volkswagen Group are making large contributions to the German Government’s mobility fund.
The measures are already taking effect. The number of cities with high pollution levels is falling steadily. All the cities already comply with the hourly limit values for nitrogen oxides.
It is important that also the necessary political regulatory framework should now be put in place. Furthermore, the imported brands must also be required to take action.”