Call for Swiss diesel ban until emissions concerns resolved

September 30, 2016

A Swiss politician intends to ask parliament for an outright ban on the sale of diesel cars to force manufacturers to improve vehicle emissions performance in real-world driving. Councillor Evi Allemann, who is president of the Traffic Club of Switzerland, said in an interview that the sale of diesels should be prohibited until emissions controls function correctly. The number of diesels on Swiss roads has rocketed since 1990, from under 80,000 to more than 1.2 million in 2015, while the number of petrol models has remained steady at around 3 million. Tests throughout Europe in the wake of the Dieselgate scandal have shown that many of the most popular diesel cars exceed EU limits for harmful emissions such as NOx when on the road. Diesel vehicles are under growing political pressure because of emissions concerns, with politicians proposing bans on their use in cities such as Paris, while some local authorities now refuse to buy them for their fleets. Manufacturers point out that modern Euro6 diesel engines have achieved a substantial reduction in emissions and argue that diesel has an important future role to play. However, analysis by Autovista Intelligence for its Diesel Intelligence report shows diesel is expected to account for a reduced proportion of car sales in the coming years, leading manufacturers to remove the engine from some of their ranges, particularly small cars as the cost of fitting the latest clean diesel technology (€500 - €2,500) would make them uncompetitive. At this week’s Paris Motor Show, Toyota revealed it would no longer offer a diesel variant at the European launch of the new C-HR crossover, as two-thirds of pre-orders were for petrol-electric hybrids.

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