Diesel in Germany
What is Germany’s position towards diesel?
In Germany, the proportion of diesel motorization passenger cars in the fleet in use in 2014 is 32.6%. The European average is 41%.
The German plan is to reduce CO2 emissions by 2050 in the range of 80% to 95% off in regards to 1990. Thus, the government set as target that all cars registered in Germany are zero emission before 2030 at the latest. If this measure is adopted, Germany could banish diesel or petrol engine cars after that year. Even if those ones are equipped with an AdBlue tank. Then the electric fleet renewal would take about twenty years, the time that cars already on the market disappear.
What are cars current controls?
Since 2007, a system of ecologic labels with colors has been set up in Germany to enable policemen to check vehicles driving in some city zones. Hence, three colors are specific to diesel vehicles: red for the Euro 2 cars or the Euro 1 cars with a Diesel particulate filter (DPF), yellow for Euro 3 or Euro 2 with a DPF and green for Euro 4, 5 or 6 or for Euro 3 with a DPF. Vehicles can incur an 80€ fine in case of non-compliance with the current legislation. Moreover, foreign cars driving on the German territory are subjected to the same rules. So, be careful if you plan to travel in this country!