German environmentalists file lawsuits against BMW and Mercedes-Benz | Automotive news in Germany | DW

German environmentalists intend to sue automakers BMW and Mercedes-Benz in the coming years abandon internal combustion engines. On Monday, September 20, relevant lawsuits were filed in the regional courts in Munich and Stuttgart, the environmental organization Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) reported on September 21.

Activists called on automakers to climate-friendly transformation, in particular to drastically reduce CO₂ emissions from vehicles in line with the Paris Climate Agreement and the German Climate Protection Act. In addition, by 2030, companies should stop selling cars with internal combustion engines, according to DUH.

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Earlier, environmentalists demanded that both companies submit applications to stop illegal actions by September 20. BMW has told dpa that it has already rejected DUH’s demands in response to a request from an environmental organization. Decisions on how to achieve climate protection goals are made by parliaments, he went on to say.

A representative of Mercedes-Benz, a subsidiary of Daimler, also announced a response to a request from environmentalists. It says that Mercedes-Benz “has long been clear about the transformation in order to eliminate the negative impact on the climate.” In turn, DUH lawyer Remo Klinger noted that environmentalists expected such answers and are now confident that lawsuits will begin next year. In addition, he announced the imminent filing of a similar lawsuit against the energy concern Wintershall.

Some German automakers, including Volkswagen and Audihave already announced their intention to abandon internal combustion engines in the future and produce only electric cars.

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