Germany looks forward to 1 million electric car charging points by 2030

Volker Kauder and Angela Merkel

Germany should have one million electric car charging stations by 2030, Chancellor Angela Merkel stated in a video message on Sunday, ahead of meetings with the car industry regarding the move to low-emission battery-powered vehicles. “For this purpose, we want to create a million charging points by the year 2030 and the industry will have […]

German government is committed to tougher sanctions for diesel emissions

Berlin Germany

The German government is committed to implementing tougher sanctions against companies that involved in criminal behavior, following Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal, the nation’s justice minister, Katarina Barley, said. In an interview released in Friday’s edition of the Handelsblatt newspaper, Katarina Barley stated she had seen a pattern whereby companies try to put blame on individual […]

German coalition parties fight over diesel vehicle fines

Volkswagen factory Wolfsburg Germany

Ministers from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives attacked on Thursday a proposal by the Social Democrats to charge automakers who fail to provide diesel hardware retrofits, opening a new battle front in their fragile coalition government. The government outlined strategies previously this month to curb pollution from diesel vehicles by asking automakers to offer owners trade-in […]

Automakers and green groups see defects in German diesel plan

Volkswagen factory Wolfsburg Germany

The German government presented strategies to curb pollution from diesel vehicles by asking automakers to offer owners trade-in incentives and hardware fixes, urging objections from environmental groups and grudging concessions from the industry. After marathon talks, Chancellor Angela Merkel and leaders of her coalition partners declared in the early hours of Tuesday they had agreed […]

Volkswagen’s Porsche to stop offering diesel versions

Porsche Macan

Volkswagen’s Porsche is going to stop offering diesel versions of its vehicles, the unit stated on Sunday, refining its focus on hybrid and battery-powered vehicles instead. Volkswagen has confessed that they cheated on diesel emissions tests, sending shockwaves through the auto industries and resulting in a sector-wide crackdown on polluting diesel engines. “Porsche is not […]

CATL to build its first European electric vehicle battery factory in Germany

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Chinese battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) is going to build its first production site in Europe in Germany, agreeing a significant contract with BMW to provide lithium-ion batteries. The lack of Europe’s own production capabilities for the cells that power electric vehicles has prompted warnings that it could leave its vehicle industry exposed and […]

German Chancellor supports class-action lawsuits for diesel car owners

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Chancellor Angela Merkel’s supportive for cumulative lawsuits could require Volkswagen to offer to compensate owners of diesel vehicles in Germany as it has performed in the United States concerning emissions scandal, where Volkswagen has spent billions of dollars. To this day Volkswagen has declined any payments for the owners of 8.5 million affected cars in […]

Germany looks forward to crack down on vehicle emissions

Volkswagen factory Wolfsburg Germany

Germany will talk about a nationwide plan to cut contamination from diesel engines and established a new organization to test vehicles to attempt to restore consumer confidence after Volkswagen’s emissions scandal, ministers stated. The relocations – nearly two years after the Volkswagen scandal broke – come as the German government deals with growing pressure ahead […]

If Donald Trump enforces punitive tariffs, Europe must counter them: Kauder

Volker Kauder and Angela Merkel

Europe must enforce punitive tariffs on imports from the United States if President Donald Trump acts to protect U.S. markets from foreign rivals, a senior ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated in a newspaper interview. Trump has already officially withdrawn the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, distancing the country from few […]

PSA CEO Carlos Tavares gives Merkel assurances on Opel jobs

Carlos Tavares

PSA Group’s CEO provided assurances to German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a call that Opel would stay independent in a merged business with PSA as well as gave jobs and investment assurances, the chancellor’s spokesman stated on Tuesday. “PSA Chief Carlos Tavares stressed that both companies would match each other well,” representative Steffen Seibert stated. […]

Angela Merkel says to do everything she can to secure Opel jobs in Germany

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Germany will do everything it can to protect Opel plants and jobs in the nation if Peugeot maker PSA purchases the General Motors company, Chancellor Angela Merkel stated on Friday, highlighting the political difficulties the automakers face in sealing an offer. Her comments came as employees’ agents at German-headquartered Opel said they were planning to […]