Daimler to invest $3.3 billion in clean diesel technology image

The German auto group will invest $3.35 billion to reduce diesel exhaust pollution by transforming its engines and exhaust treatment systems with a software update for some of its Mercedes-Benz passenger cars.

The total investment also contains the $2.9 billion announced in February. Back then, the German corporation stated it would invest the sum by 2019 into developing next-gen diesel engines in order for Daimler to meet the new pollution-measuring standards in Europe.

Daimler will provide for its entire range of diesel cars in Europe selective catalytic reduction technology and will produce particulate filters for its gasoline engines. The German automotive group, which owns Mercedes-Benz, stated that it would improve the engine technology on its vehicles with turbocharging optimization, fuel injection and intercooling. Moreover, new materials would be applied that are meant to extend the exhaust-gas recirculation treatments when low temperatures are being operated.

Daimler will use selective catalytic reduction (SCR) on its Mercedes-Benz smaller front-wheel drive compact cars and replace the current exhaust systems that capture nitrogen oxide, responsible for producing the unwanted polluting smog. At the moment, only larger Mercedes-Benz models use SCR systems that need Adblue injection units.

At the beginning of the week, Daimler stated it would set aside $561 million this year for upcoming recalls over Takata’s faulty airbags. The German carmaker announced that it would have to recall around 200,000 vehicles by December 2019, but it explained that it was not aware of any cases of defective cars and that the decision was a precautionary one that targets the U.S. and Canada,