Germany's Bild newspaper cited a 58-page US laboratory report and accompanying emails Wednesday indicating that a VW Beetle's exhaust fumes piped to monkeys inside cabinets over four hours were worse than exhaust gases from a Ford pickup truck. The result was the opposite, said Bild, of what the since-disbanded European Research Group on Environment and Health in the Transport Sector (EUGT) had expected from the testing at Albuquerque in the US state of New Mexico. The newer Beetle, allegedly fitted with "defeat" software to obscure its motor's nitrogen oxide output, was supposed to emerge "cleaner" and "healthier." See more: Bild article including photo of the cars tested Instead, monkeys who inhaled VW fumes showed a higher degree of bronchial inflammation in blood and endoscope samples. Watch video 01:51 Share German carmakers accused of poison gas tests Send Facebook Twitter google+ Whatsapp Tumblr linkedin stumble Digg … [Read more...] about Car exhaust monkey test backfires on VW, German carmakers
Tesla is reportedly in talks with officials from Germany and the Netherlands over the possible building of a major factory in one of the two countries. Officials from the German states of Rhineland Palatinate and Saarland confirmed to the Wall Street Journal that talks with the US carmaker were in the early stages, while a Dutch government official said Tesla had also discussed an option to build its so-called 'gigafactory' in the Netherlands. Read more: Will the dawn break for Tesla? The Silicon Valley company, a world leader in electric vehicle innovation which also has major operations in battery storage, recently agreed to build a plant in China with the capacity to build up to 500,000 vehicles a year. The company's boss Elon Musk last month suggested that the car maker was eager to make a similar announcement with regard to a European plant by the end of 2018, saying that Germany was a "leading choice." Tesla has declined to comment on the report. The company … [Read more...] about Will Tesla soon be ‘Made in Germany’?
The Social Democrats (SPD), along with the Christian Democrats and their Bavarian sister party the Christian Social Union (CDU/CSU), have agreed in principle on a coalition deal. The SPD is expected to take control of some major portfolios, including finance, foreign affairs, labor — and environment, with current acting minister Barbara Hendricks likely to retain her position. Read the full coalition agreement between the CDU, CSU and SPD (PDF in German). The Greens, who tried to form an earlier coalition together with the conservatives and the pro-business Free Democrats following the September 24 election, have welcomed the new agreement — but said it had been cobbled together, and left too many gaps. "Climate protection, the central future challenge, has been essentially sidelined," said new Green party leaders Annalena Baerbock and Robert Habeck in a statement. So what are the provisional agreement's key points on the environment? CLIMATE/ENERGY … [Read more...] about Germany’s new government: Same old story for environment?
German carmaker Daimler said on Thursday it planned to cut jobs at its Mercedes-Benz cars unit to save costs as it looked to boost profits amid an expensive transition to greener vehicles. The carmaker is targeting savings of more than €1 billion ($1.1 billion) by the end of 2022 with the job cuts. The plan involves eliminating 10% of management positions, as reported by a German daily on November 8. The company is also looking to cut staff costs at both its car and truck divisions. The iconic German automaker has been struggling with falling profits, hurt by expensive recalls linked to its diesel engines, softening demand amid a global slowdown especially in its key Chinese market, and a costly switch to autonomous, electric vehicles (EVs). The carmaker's strategy is rather vague and doesn't involve any concrete measures," auto analyst Jürgen Pieper told DW. "However, if you're serious about a sustainable production process, you simply can't continue to make … [Read more...] about Mercedes maker Daimler targets €1 billion in savings with job cuts