The German automaker revealed that it was ready to make a massive investment to make its future diesel engines just a bit friendlier for the environment.
The diesel technology is lately under a much harsher scrutiny than ever, both from the public opinion and from lawmakers, since Volkswagen admitted in September that was a lot cheaper to cheat at the emissions tests rather than spent a lot of money for the development of friendlier diesel engines. The automakers have always argued that the regulators agenda to continuously toughen the emissions limits is not a realistic one in terms of real-world pollution conditions, driving through the roof development costs. Recently, Daimler said it would spend 2.6 billion euros (around 2.9 billion dollars) by 2019 on building much cleaner diesel engines to fit into its future premium cars to help the luxury carmaker meet new pollution measuring standards.
“We are spending the money on engine development and production capacities,” Bernhard Heil, vice president of product group powertrain at Daimler AG stated. The company revealed that it has started to work on improving the technology, and part of the 2.6 billion euros has already been invested in the next-generation engines. As part of its progress in this direction, Daimler will introduce a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system on its smaller front wheel drive cars by 2019, replacing current nitrous oxide trap exhaust systems, the company said. Only large Mercedes-Benz cars currently use SCR systems, which require adblue injection systems.