Technology Daimler faces $960 million fine in Germany over emissions cheating
EPA, DOT say California actions on auto emissions appear to be "unlawful"
The top lawyers at the Environmental Protection Agency and Transportation Department told the California Air Resources Board Friday that the state's actions in connection with a voluntary emissions deal with four automakers "appear to be unlawful and invalid." © Eric Thayer /Reuters Traffic moves slowly on the 405 freeway in Los Angeles, California July 14, 2011. Eric Thayer /Reuters Ford Motor Co, Honda Motor Co, BMW AG and Volkswagen AG in July agreed to adopt revised California vehicle emissions standards in exchange for some flexibilities offered by the state.
It's not just VWfor diesel car emissions. German prosecutors Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler €870 million (about $960 million) over allegations it sold at least 684,000 cars equipped to . The company it wouldn't contest the fine, although it continued to object to the penalty -- it just wanted to end the legal action in a "timely and comprehensive manner."
The cheating reportedly began in 2008 and covered vehicles ranging from Vito vans to C-class sedans and. According to officials, software tweaked the emissions filtering system to pass formal tests while loosening up on the road. Other companies have faced penalties for similar actions. On top of VW itself, its performance brand Porsche settled in May for €535 million (about $588 million) while part maker Bosch paid €90 million ($99 million).
Daimler and Geely back Volocopter to help launch its flying taxi service
Flying taxis are one step closer to becoming a reality. Volocopter announced in 2018 that it hopes to have autonomous air taxis in the sky within five years, and one step on the path to achieving that is securing that all-important investment money. In its latest round of funding, Volocopter has been backed by Geely, the Chinese automotive group which manufactures Volvo and Lexus cars as well as London's electric black cabs. It has also secured the support of German automotive giant Daimler, which is looking to invest in back ride-sharing, autonomous vehicle and taxi services.
Daimler might not be too worried. The automaker previously warned that its 2019 earnings were likely to drop, and already set aside €1.6 billion ($1.8 billion) to handle diesel scandals in court. This shouldn't have a "relevant additional negative effect" on third quarter earnings, Daimler said. The fine may have barely registered for the company, then. In that light, it'll only truly pay the price as it downplays diesel in favor of electric cars. ,
EU imposes record € 2.93 billion fine on "cartel of trucks"
This is a record in the history of European competition. The European Commission has announced that it is imposing a fine of 2.93 billion euros on a cartel of truck manufacturers. An amount never seen before. The companies involved in this cartel are the German MAN and the Swedish Scania , both owned by the German Volkswagen, the German Daimler , the Dutch DAF , the Italian Iveco and the Swedish Volvo . But their pain is far from the same.
The heaviest penalty for Daimler
Daimler receives the heaviest fine of 1.01 billion euros. Volvo will have to pay a fine of 670.4 million euros and Iveco will have to pay 494.6 million euros. Finally, DAF Trucks , owned by Paccar, is sanctioned for 752.7 million euros. These four companies admitted the facts in exchange for a 10% reduction in fines.
As for MAN , he was finally not punished for alerting the European executive. Scania , for its part, has denied from the beginning any involvement in an illegal cartel and the investigations into it are continuing.
CommissionPrice and Emissions Agreement "These truck manufacturers agreed for 14 years on the selling prices of trucks and the possibility of passing on to buyers the costs of complying with the rules more emissions, "said the European Commission on Tuesday. The fine already provisioned in the accounts of Volvo and Daimler Volvo and Daimler have already made arrangements. At the end of November 2014, the Swedish group had announced a provision of 400 million euros in this case. Daimler, for its part, made a provision of 600 million euros in its accounts for the fourth quarter of 2014, after having already made a provision in 2011 without ever disclosing its amount. VIDEO - "Truck cartel": Europe imposes a record fine
Climate protesters in penguin costumes stage sit-in at Berlin airport .
BERLIN (AP) — Dozens of people, many dressed in penguin costumes, are staging a sit-in at Berlin's Tegel airport to protest against greenhouse gas emissions from air travel. About 50 members of the group Am Boden Bleiben — German for "stay grounded" — gathered Sunday in the airport's main entrance and were quickly surrounded by police. Climate activists argue that air travel is disproportionately responsible for emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases blamed for global warming and should be drastically reduced in countries where alternative means of transport are available.