05. - 06. April 2017
im Kosmos, Berlin (Germany)
Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), has spoken out strongly against banning diesel passenger cars. At the VDA’s 19th Technical Congress in Berlin Wissmann emphasized, “Anyone who wants to ban diesels is also blocking climate protection. Modern Euro 6 diesels are, together with electric mobility, the most important element for achieving the European climate protection targets. Their CO2 emissions are up to 15 percent lower than those of comparable gasoline vehicles. There are more intelligent solutions than driving bans: we are improving the air quality in towns and cities by enabling traffic to flow more freely and the consistent introduction of the ‘green wave.’ That prevents traffic queues, impacts on the entire passenger car fleet, and markedly reduces emissions. Digitization shortens the search for a parking space and also relieves the burdens on towns and cities. Furthermore, buses and taxis should be replaced with the latest models as quickly as possible.”
The VDA president pointed out that the German manufacturers and suppliers were working intensively on further improvements to diesel technology: “At the end of 2019, 80 percent of newly registered diesel passenger cars will already be equipped with SCR, the most advanced exhaust technology. At the beginning of the next decade, almost every newly registered diesel car will have it. This means that the issue of nitrogen oxide from new vehicles has been resolved.”
“Internal combustion engines will be with us for many years to come. But at the same time, we are investing heavily in electric mobility and digitization,” Wissmann stressed, and added that both topics were focal points at the Technical Congress. For example, by the year 2020 the German automotive industry will spend around 40 billion euros on the further development of electric mobility. “By 2020 the German OEMs will have more than trebled the number of electric models they have on offer – from the current 30 models to nearly 100. This is a huge effort, because the billions spent on this must be earned from current business, that is, from the sale of cars with internal combustion engines. We cannot – as some people outside the industry suppose – simply ‘say farewell’ to one type of powertrain. This is not a nationalized industry that will always receive financial support despite continuous losses. It is responsible for many hundreds of thousands of employees,” the VDA president underscored.
The VDA’s 19th Technical Congress is being held in Berlin on April 5 and 6, 2017. It is Europe’s most important meeting in the automotive industry and is accompanied by 17 exhibitors. The number of participants – from the realms of business, academia and politics – exceeds 700 and sets a new record. The Technical Congress is becoming more and more international: ambassadors and embassy delegates from ten countries – the US, the People’s Republic of China, the Russian Federation and Azerbaijan, Estonia, Yemen, Kazakhstan, the Republic of Kosovo, the Republic of Mauritius and the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal – have registered to attend. Over 50 high-ranking representatives of the automotive industry will deliver presentations at the Technical Congress, including Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Management at Daimler AG responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development, Dr. Stefan Sommer, Chief Executive Officer of the ZF Group, and Dr. Rolf Bulander, member of the Board of Management at Robert Bosch GmbH and Chairman of the Business Sector Mobility Solutions. Prof. Johanna Wanka, German Federal Minister of Education and Research, is speaking on “Research for the car of tomorrow.”
Impressions from the Exhibition
In addition to the 19th Technical Congress the participants got again the possibility to visit a large exhibition with numerous interesting exhibits. Companies, universities and institutions presented their products and offered an ambience for the congress participants to have had intensive discussions during the breaks.
Evening event in the Tipi am Kanzleramt
The evening event in the Tipi allowed participants to get together in a relaxed setting accompanied by excellent music and food.
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