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  The future of mobility

  5 Debates

The diesel summit at which politicians and representatives of the automotive industry convened in Berlin has ended with a result that consumer protection agencies in particular are criticising as meagre. German carmakers that manipulated the emissions data of their diesel cars over a several years are to update not just the software but also the hardware in their vehicles. There won't be a revolution in Germany's car industry, commentators conclude, stressing that not just carmakers but also car drivers are responsible for the pollution.

In a bid to honour the Paris Climate Agreement, France's new Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot wants to ban sales of cars that consume petrol or diesel fuel by 2040. The country's media discuss how this target can be reached.

Volvo is leading the way: from 2019 all the Swedish-Chinese carmaker's new models will use either electric or hybrid technology. Europe's commentators discuss whether electric cars really are the future.

One country after another is making moves to ensure that diesel and petrol engines become a thing of the past: Paris, Madrid, Athens and Helsinki plan to ban their production by 2025, with London following suit in 2040. In Germany the cartel scandal that has hit the automotive industry has added fuel to the debate. But commentators see bans as the wrong approach for various reasons.

The diesel scandals as well as moves to ban diesel cars in several cities and other factors are raising the pressure to come up with a plan to combat air pollution and provide clean mobility. Europe's commentators examine the options.