Nowhere is safe for diesel. Stuttgart, home of two massive automakers that produce diesel vehicles, has announced that any diesels vehicle that don’t meet Euro 5 standards will be banned from city streets in 2019. Euro 5 is the set of emissions standards that went into effect in 2009, so pretty much all diesels made before that will be affected. While some cities have announced diesel restrictions for certain roads and areas and others have scheduled years-out bans, this is most wide-ranging and immediate ban we’ve seen. The move is a result of a court order directing the state in which Stuttgart resides to deliver a plan on when it’ll ban Euro 5 diesels, Automotive News reports: A regional court in Stuttgart had demanded last month the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, home to carmakers Mercedes-Benz and VW unit Porsche, draw up a firm plan for when it will ban Euro 5 diesels. The hope is that banning Euro 4 and older diesels will help the city avoid having to ban cars that don’t meet the current Euro 6 standards, which took effect in 2014. “We want to avoid bans on Euro 5 diesels with a comprehensive package of clean air measures,”Andreas Schwarz, leader of the Greens’ parliamentary group in the Baden-Wuerttemberg regional assembly—think State Senate–told Automotive News. The city of Stuttgart is perennially smog-choked, so perhaps it’s no surprise that we’re seeing a widespread ban here before elsewhere. But with Mercedes and Stuttgart in the city, you’d imagine they’d be fighting… [Read full story]
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