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Technology Daimler faces $960 million fine in Germany over emissions cheating

20:15  24 september  2019
20:15  24 september  2019 Source:   engadget.com

EPA, DOT say California actions on auto emissions appear to be "unlawful"

EPA, DOT say California actions on auto emissions appear to be 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 VW facing legal consequences for diesel car emissions. German prosecutors have fined Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler €870 million (about $960 million) over allegations it sold at least 684,000 cars equipped to cheat on emissions. The company said 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."

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The cheating reportedly began in 2008 and covered vehicles ranging from Vito vans to C-class sedans and GLC coupes. 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

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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 like the EQC.

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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.

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