The Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) sees new evidence of the involvement of the car maker Daimler in the diesel scandal. In a report, the automotive software expert Felix Domke documented on behalf of a US law firm “a total of eight previously unknown defeat devices in a Mercedes-Benz E-Class with Euro 6 diesel”, announced the DUH on Thursday. “With these so-called” defeat devices “, which are clearly illegal in the opinion of Umwelthilfe, the effective exhaust gas cleaning is reduced by the built-in SCR catalytic converter.” As a result, nitrogen oxide emissions on the road would be well above the legally stipulated limit value.
A spokesman for Daimler, however, announced that the “parameterizations described” were already known. “From our point of view, in the interplay and overall context of the highly complex emissions control system, these are not to be assessed as impermissible shutdown devices.” Deutsche Umwelthilfe will present the report, further details and possible consequences this Friday at a press conference.
Expert in motor controls
According to the DUH, Domke is a software expert for engine controls and has already worked as an expert for the German Federal Motor Transport Authority. “The disconnection devices found are activated in driving situations that are common on the road,” said Domke, according to the announcement. “Even with normal driving, at least one shutdown device almost always actively prevents the improvement of emissions – even if it is not necessary physically or for engine protection.”
DUH Federal Managing Director Jürgen Resch accused Daimler of “maximizing profit at the expense of the environment and the health of city dwellers” with its Mercedes-Benz brand. (dpa / swi)
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