Drain diesel fuel: Europe declared war on diesel cars

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In 1990, the share of diesel cars in Europe did not reach 14%, but only for some 15 years, more than half of the sales of new machines in the Old world began to fall on the models with engines that run on «heavy» fuel. Marketing, incentives and tax breaks plus the characteristics of modern diesel engines did their job, when suddenly Europe has announced the diesel war.

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Recently, the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung published an interview with the mayor of Munich Dieter Reiter, in which he spoke about the upcoming banning of diesel cars in the capital of West Germany. According to chief burgomaster, to this step, the city administration has pushed an «unexpected and shocking» results of measurements of the level of nitrogen oxides (NOx). Restrictions planned to be introduced for all cars that do not meet emission class Euro 6, which, according to preliminary estimates, will suffer from 130 to 170 thousand German car owners.

Earlier on the introduction of restrictions to machine on «heavy» fuel, released until 2015, said the authorities of Stuttgart. Beginning next year, they plan to impose a ban on their use on certain days. According to the survey edition of Handelsblatt, large cities such as Berlin, Cologne and Hamburg, are also ready to say no to the diesel industry. Despite the overall increase in sales of passenger vehicles in Germany, the demand for new diesel cars in the country falling from them started to refuse even corporate fleets — the main proponents of motors of this type.

London authorities also decided to get rid of cars running on diesel. With APR at Westminster, one of the most polluted areas of the British capital, the cost of Parking for non-residents on diesel cars has increased by 50%. Soon they were forbidden entry to the center of the city, and those for the purchase of diesel vehicles to the London authorities had previously encouraged, now going to impose an additional road tax. Compensation current mayor Sadiq Khan, now offers to pay the owners of older diesel models that have agreed to replace the vehicle for a new more environmentally friendly type of engine.

In 2016 at an international conference in Mexico, the mayors of Paris, Madrid, Athens and Mexico city have signed an agreement according to which by 2025, these cities will completely eliminate trucks and diesel cars. Authorities of the capital of France, like their colleagues from London, previously also strongly encouraged the purchase of diesel engines, and now they are ready to give 10 thousand euros to anyone who replaced their electric car or a hybrid.

Some European politicians have put an end to the industry. «Diesel cars will disappear much faster than we can expect,» — said in April Elzbieta Bankowska, European Commissioner for internal market, industry, entrepreneurship and small and medium enterprises. The speech she gave during a meeting of the European Commission, which discussed measures to strengthen control over the brands in respect of harmful emissions. The reason for such meetings, which year is the Deselect — the scandal of the Volkswagen AG about the falsification of data on fuel consumption and level of harmful emissions into the atmosphere.

Some accuse the manufacturers of electric cars and batteries in lobbying, but, alas, these statements are devoid of any common sense. While there is only one more-less significant company that produces cars exclusively on electricity, is Tesla, but even teaming up with battery manufacturers, she would have been powerless against the might of the automotive companies. All other electric cars in Europe produce the same brands that make diesel: BMW AG, Daimler AG, Volkswagen AG and PSA Peugeot Citroen, which the development of electric infrastructure and subsidized programs promise big profits.

One of the reasons for the dislike of European officials to diesel vehicles can be considered strict environmental standards developed by other European officials. So, the EU has undertaken to apply the Paris climate agreement, according to which by 2050, only Germany should reduce carbon dioxide emissions by almost half. The ban of diesel engines is a good way to make a great contribution to the solution of this question.