That’s going to hurt: Impending hardware refit of diesel cars will cost billions

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Germany’s and Europe’s carmakers are casting timid glances in the direction of Germany’s capital Berlin, where a possibly extremely costly decision is imminent. This Sunday, the German government is expected to decide what to do with the millions of NOX-emitting diesel cars on the country’s roads. According to Der Spiegel, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel wants a hardware solution, and that could cost many billions.

Ever since the dieselgate scandal became public, European automakers tried everything to avoid a solution that makes older diesel cars come clean. The reasons are money, and the monstrous amounts of diesel cars in Europe. Approximately half of Europe’s cars used to be diesel-powered before the scandal lowered the appetite for driving on oil. The atrocious problem is the huge amount of vehicles already on the road in Europe, and there are around 250 million of them.

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Friday Morning Auto News, Sep 21, 2018

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Electrek’s take-out: A reshuffling of the sycophants

According to persistent whisper among automotive propaganda operatives, the formerly way too symbiotic relationship between Californian carmaker Tesla and the Canadian-registered, but U.S. hosted Electrek.co website is on the rocks. Meanwhile, greentech website Cleantechnica.com and EV-specialist site Insideevs.com are said to be vying for a spot by the feet of God Elon.

People who read the tea-leaves of Twitter have noticed that @elonmusk unfollowed Electrek a few days ago. Monitoring Musk’s list is made simple by the fact that the CEO follows only 69 people, vs. the 22.6 million people who (allegedly) follow him. One less follower does not necessarily mean a digital divorce. Musk allegedly also unfollowed his girlfriend Grimes, but there she is, on top of the list of the 69 deemed worthy of HIS followership. Large parts of that list are a family affair anyway. Musk follows his mother and model Maye, his sister Tosca, and his brother Kimbal. The rest of the list is more eclectic than electric, ranging from Mark Andreessen to (cover your eyes) the Internet of Shit. As far as EV-obsessed media go, Musk follows only Teslarati, Cleantechnica, and InsideEVs, and we’ll get to the latter two in a minute.

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Thursday Morning Auto News, Sep 20, 2018

All the auto industry news, none of the B.S.

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Wednesday Morning Auto News, Sep 19, 2018

All the auto news, less filling

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Tuesday Morning Auto News, Sep 18, 2018

All you need to know about what’s happening in the auto biz, without further comment ….

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Monday Morning Auto News, Sep 17, 2018

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Friday Morning Auto News, Sep 14, 2018

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