Saturday, January 19, 2019

2019: Hardware-Retrofit is ready and available for BMW since 2008

AdBlue & SCR Katalyst are available since 2008.

Hardware-Retrofit is easy, ready and available since 2008,
but somehow, contrary to the USA,
BMW & Co. haven't been forced to actually implement it.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Ban in Stuttgart for fraudulent Diesel-Cars / Legal Situation

"In order to protect human health and the environment, the Council of the European Union drew up a directive with air quality standards in April 1999. With the Ordinance on Air Quality Standards and Emission Ceilings (39. BImSchV), the Federal Government transposed this EU directive into national legislation. The directive establishes limit values for pollutant concentration in order to maintain the air quality.
Accordingly, the limit value for particulate matter was set at 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air, which may be exceeded on a maximum of 35 days a year. The average annual value for nitrogen dioxide was set at 40µg/m3. The EU directive obliges cities and municipalities to draw up action plans for air pollution control. These plans have formed the basis for the implementation of 44 low-emission zones with limited access for vehicles with high emissions so far."

Diesel-Fahrverbote in Stuttgart ab 2018: Deutsche Umwelthilfe begrüßt Zustimmung des Landes Baden-Württemberg zur Sprungrevision

"Jürgen Resch, Bundesgeschäftsführer der DUH kommentiert das Ergebnis: „So sehr wir für die vom Dieselabgasgift Stickstoffdioxid geschädigten Stuttgarter Bürger auf ein Anerkenntnis des Urteils und damit Diesel-Fahrverbote ab dem 1.1.2018 gehofft haben, können wir auch mit der Zustimmung der Landesregierung zur Sprungrevision leben. Es kann aber nicht sein, dass den von Dieselabgasgiften betroffenen zehntausenden Menschen im Stuttgarter Kessel ein weiterer giftiger Diesel-Winter zugemutet wird. Wir fordern Ministerpräsident Winfried Kretschmann und Oberbürgermeister Fritz Kuhn gleichzeitig dazu auf, als Ausgleich für den Verzicht auf die Anerkenntnis des Urteils bereits zu Beginn des Winterhalbjahres mit Sofortmaßnahmen die NO2-Belastung zu reduzieren. Dazu gehört neben einer Adhoc-Nachrüstung aller ÖPNV-Busse und Landes-/Kommunalfahrzeuge auf Euro 6 ein Einfahrtverbot für alle Diesel mit temperaturge­steuerter Abschaltung der ordnungsgemäßen Abgasreinigung bei unter + 10 Grad Celsius."

Diesel Ban coming to German Cities, Oxford Introduces Zero Emission Zone, Right To Clean Air Campaign

1) Transport & Environment latest Tweet: "Stuttgart court decision on banning diesel cars from city centres has been postponed. Yet new #diesel car sales in Western Europe fall to 16-year low as consumers turn their back on polluting cars."

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

6 million new dirty diesel cars on Europe's roads since 2015!

There are 35 million dirty diesel cars and vans driving on Europe’s roads today – six million more than when the Dieselgate scandal broke in 2015. The growth in the number of poisonous vehicles in the fleet – revealed by new T&E research – will be a stark reminder to MEPs as they enter negotiations with governments this September to reform the flawed system of testing and approving cars for sale in Europe.

Diesel Ban coming to Stuttgart and Munich, London

"As much as I would welcome avoiding such bans, I think it is just as unlikely that we can continue to do without bans in the future," Munich mayor Dieter Reiter was quoted as saying by the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper on Wednesday.

"However, the city of Stuttgart, home of Mercedes-Benz and VW's Porsche subsidiary, is already preparing to ban some diesel vehicles from next year which do not meet the latest emission standards."

“It’s when, not if, diesel cars are banned from London,” says Dan Powell, managing editor of motoring website HonestJohn. “The particulate filters that clean up the exhausts need to be driven for at least 15 miles to work properly. How many inner-city drivers do that?”

Saturday, January 21, 2017

This Is How Volkswagen’s Diesel Emissions Cheat Works

This Is How Volkswagen’s Diesel Emissions Cheat Works, According to ECU Hacker (Video)

Domke said he purchased a Volkswagen ECU online and extracted its millions of lines of code. The VW ECU’s behavior is mostly governed by parameters defined outside of its code — not constants that would be hard-coded into the programming — embedded within the computer’s hardware.
He said the car’s main modes for exhaust management were a “normal mode” and an “alternative mode,” the latter of which mostly dominated the car’s behavior. In his own driving, after observing the state of the car, Domke said he found the car ran in a “cold start” cycle for roughly 20 percent of the time and on its “alternative mode” for nearly 80 percent of his driving. Only a small fraction of his normal, everyday driving was in “normal mode.” During “normal mode,” the selective catalytic reduction system used by Volkswagen would consume significantly more diesel emissions fluid than in “alternative” mode.

Der für "Dieselgate" verantwortliche Part liegt in der Software, die steuert, wie viel von dem Reduktionsmittel AdBlue eingespritzt werden soll. Domke entdeckte zwei verschiedene Modi: Den normalen Modus und einen alternativen Modus, der eigentlich nur in eng gefassten Grenzbereichen laufen soll, wenn Motortemperatur oder andere Bedingungen die Abgasreinigung ineffektiv machen. Hier werden wesentlich geringere Mengen von AdBlue eingespritzt, um die Entstehung noch schädlicherer Giftstoffe zu verhindern. Durch Tests und das Auslesen der ODB-Schnittstelle mit seinem Auto erkannte Domke, dass sein Wagen nur selten im normalen, sondern fast immer im alternativen Modus fuhr, der einen wesentlich höheren Ausstoß von Stickoxiden verursachte.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Diesel: ICE Automotive Industry still cheating, while Lung Cancer in the Rise

"One year after the US caught Volkswagen cheating, all carmakers keep selling grossly polluting diesel cars with the connivance of European governments."  

"T&E analysed emissions test data from around 230 diesel car models. Data were taken from the investigations conducted by the British, French and German governments, as well as a large public database. The carmakers’ ranking was built with on-road performance figures mostly measured in real world driving. The key findings per car brand are: Fiat and Suzuki diesel cars on average pollute 15 times more than the legal NOx limit; Renault-Nissan vehicles exceed the limit more than 14 times; General Motors’ brands Opel/Vauxhall pollute 10 times more while Volkswagen diesel cars pollute twice as much as the Euro 6 standard."

Lung Cancer on the Rise in Nonsmokers
"The proportion of lung cancer patients who never smoked more than doubled from 2008 to 2014, a British investigator reported here.
Never-smokers accounted for 13% of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cases at the beginning of the study period and rose steadily to 28% by November 2014."

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Ban diesel cars in London

IPPR analysis says capital will eventually need to phase out diesel cars and buses in order to meet EU air pollution 

“London’s air is both lethal and illegal,” said Harry Quilter-Pinner, researcher at IPPR. “This is a public health crisis and it should be ignored no longer. Only bold action will make the capital’s air safe to breathe again.”

He added: “[Our] analysis suggests Khan will ultimately need to phase out diesel cars and buses in order to reach legal compliance.”
This would require the cooperation of national government, as the mayor lacks the power to achieve this result alone. The report, entitled Lethal and Illegal, found that under the current air pollution regime, London would fail to meet its legal requirements on air quality until 2025 or later.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Lung Cancer in the rise with Non-Smokers

"A 2012 French study revealed that from 2000 to 2010, rates of lung cancer among never-smokers shot up an alarming 33 percent. In fact, if lung cancer in nonsmokers was its own category, it would rank among the ten deadliest cancers in the United States. This is in part because the symptoms -- coughing, chest pain, shortness of breath -- are so similar to those of common illnesses; as a result, the disease is often ignored by patients and overlooked by physicians."

Saturday, September 19, 2015

"ban diesel, as 60 years ago coal was banned successfullly"

Simon Birkett, Founder and Director of Clean Air in London, said:
"Frankly, the only way to protect public health and comply fully with legal limits is to ban diesel from the "most-polluted areas.  Let’s do so positively, by encouraging positive measures such as active travel (e.g. walking and cycling) and triggering a massive shift to fewer, cleaner and greener vehicles.  By doing so, the UK can be a world leader again as it was so successfully 60 years ago after banning coal burning in cities."

VW `Clean Diesel' Scheme Exposed as Criminal Charges Weighed

VW admitted systematically cheating on U.S. air pollution tests for years, theEnvironmental Protection Agency announced Friday in citing violations that could add up to $18 billion in fines. The company said it has also heard from the Justice Department, which the EPA said could pursue criminal prosecution.
The German automaker has struggled to gain a foothold in the world’s
second-biggest car market with a strategy built in part on touting the efficiency of fun-to-drive “clean diesel” vehicles now shown to be anything but. 
“It’s a huge black eye for Volkswagen,” said Matt DeLorenzo, managing editor for news at Kelley Blue Book in Irvine, California. Consumer Reports magazine reacted by suspending its “recommended” rating of two diesel models.
Diesel versions of the popular Beetle, Golf, Jetta and Passat comprise more than a quarter of the brand’s sales in the U.S. and are a vital part of the company’s strategy for meeting tougher U.S. fuel economy standards going into effect in coming years. More than other carmakers, VW has chosen to focus on diesel technology instead of electrics or hybrids.