Königswinter / Wolfsburg (dpa) - After the approval for hardware retrofits of VW diesel vehicles presses the technology provider Baumot on the pace.
"We plan to deliver the first systems in October 2019," Baumot CEO Marcus Hausser told the German Press Agency. According to him, the operating permit granted by the Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA) covers about 1.3 million affected cars from the Volkswagen Group.
"Further ABEs for vehicles from other manufacturers, we will also apply shortly. We expect to be able to offer a retrofit solution for all relevant volume models in a timely manner, "Hausser said.
The Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) had published on Thursday the operating permit for systems by Baumot. This includes retrofit systems for over 60 vehicle models of the VW Group. According to Volvo and Daimler, diesel cars from Volkswagen can therefore also be retrofitted with excessively high pollutant values in Germany.
The aim of retrofitting is that vehicles of the Euro 5 emission standard can be exempted from driving bans. The retrofits to the engine are part of a government policy package for better air.
At the end of July, the first operating permit for retrofit systems of the Bamberger technology provider Dr Pley had been issued for various Volvo models. It was followed by approvals for Mercedes models. After a long debate German car makers had agreed to subsidies for hardware retrofits. They favor software to improve exhaust emissions.
Like Daimler, VW agreed to provide financial support for its customers in certain regions when it comes to retrofitting hardware. In the intensive cities specified by the Federal Government are up to 3,000 euros for the KBA approved retrofits possible, said a VW spokesman. About the exact conditions will be informed soon on the corporate website on the Internet. Daimler also adds 3,000 euros in "priority regions" and has set up a website where car owners can check whether they can receive the subsidy.
The German Association of Cities recently demanded more speed from the car industry for exhaust retrofits directly to the engine. In Germany, far more than five million diesel passenger cars with the Euro 5 emission standard are on the road. Because of the high emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx), they are threatened in many places by driving bans.
The ADAC welcomed the increasing number of permits for the retrofitting of diesel vehicles, but calls for consumer safety to be borne by the costs. "It still applies: Consumers have nothing to come to debts and may not be burdened with the costs," said ADAC Vice President Karsten Schulze. It's about health and clean air in cities, but it's also about maintaining mobility for diesel owners. "Both together is possible and necessary," said Schulze.
Website Dr Pley
KBA Page on ABEs for NOx abatement systems for retrofitting passenger cars
Federal Ministry of Transport about hardware retrofits
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