Prof. Bratzel: claims for Diesel-summit

Bergisch Gladbach, Germany, 26. July 2017

Next Wednesday, the 2. August increases in the Federal Ministry of transport in Berlin, the long-awaited Diesel-summit. Top representatives from politics, associations and trade unions, as well as the bosses of the of the German automaker will then have to struggle with the cleanliness and the future of diesel fuel. Whether from the two-hour Meeting with concrete solutions will emerge, is more than questionable. And generally speaking, the problems of the German automotive industry seem to be already much deeper. Keywords: fraud software and suspected cartel offences. The automotive expert and Director of the Center of Automotive Management (CAM) Prof. Dr. Stefan Bratzel, sees already now "a hard-to-controllable chain reaction, threaten the Image of the German automotive industry at home and abroad and the future viability of the automotive industry hard". Bratzel calls for "drastic steps of business and politics," to prevent a meltdown of the important German industry sector. The estimates of Bratzel reflect not necessarily the opinion of the editors

Responsibility for errors take

According to Bratzel, the automotive industry must take responsibility for the mistakes of the past and their consequences, full responsibility. There is a need for a recognition of the culpable action and an adequate remedy at law. The cost of an effective retrofitting of diesel vehicles, or an appropriate compensation for resulting damages were to completely take over. According to Bratzel, a financing of the health promotion in cities was no longer conceivable, because the conversion of many older Diesel lohne. Without such concessions to a culture change in the industry was not possible. The times of collusion, trickery, or act breaks should belong to the self-interest of the past.

"Diesel technology has exceeded Zenith"

According to Prof. Bratzel, the Diesel is primarily a European phenomenon, and through the exhaust gas scandal there, too, on the retreat. There are the clean Diesel, however, considerable more cost. The technology of computing as compared with the use of alternative energies in the future is less and less. The German car manufacturer should have their research and development funds away from Diesel to alternative drives, such as E-mobility focus. You have to come back on the Offensive to justify its claim as a technologically leading automotive industry. This means that the residues in the case of pure electro-mobility – in comparison to Tesla, GM, or Chinese manufacturers to catch up, but also credible to develop new visions of a sustainable mobility of the future. Refers to integrated mobility concepts, in which the car is only a part of a lot.

Collusion between the auto industry and policy exit

Cooperation between politics and the car industry was important, the appearance of collusion and false consideration, however, fatal. So far, the German transport policy in terms of environmental protection, was more likely part of the problem than part of the solution. The culture of looking away and icon actions have hurt the auto industry even more powerful. Bratzel sees the introduction of yellow and green plaques as a waste of resources with no practical Use for the air pollution. The introduction of a blue plaque for Euro 6 vehicles he rejects, therefore, because, in reality, some of the Euro-5 cars less Nox would launch as some of the Euro 6 cars. Diesel vehicles that meet the Euro-6d standard, be relatively clean, but hardly any on the road. By the act of the policy of courts to make de facto policy decisions that force you to Kommunnen forbidden to drive.

Quota system for Zero-emission vehicles

Bratzel calls, therefore, on the policy to set the right framework conditions for the future viability of the industry, and these sharp and sanction. So he demands stringent requirements for emission limit values instead of the promotion of certain technologies, such as Diesel or E-mobility. In the light of an increasingly emission-free and intermodal mobility of the future, current policy proposals such as tax incentives for new diesel vehicles extremely regressive. Instead, Bratzel calls for a quota system for Zero-emission vehicles. Similar to that of California or in the future in China, a percentage of Zero shall be prescribed-Emission vehicles in the new registrations. At the same time it calls for the promotion of new mobility concepts like Car-Sharing or Car-Pooling to test the introduction of robot-Taxis in urban regions.(sw)