12. December 2018
ca. 3 minutes
The current debate in Germany over hardware upgrades for diesel vehicles is in the public eye in connection with the introduction or threat of vehicle bans. The BMW Group rejects the idea of SCR hardware upgrades and has stated this openly. The reasons for this are outlined below.
The BMW Group has been committed to sustainable mobility for many years and invests heavily in innovative and efficient drive trains. The company continues to lead the way in steadily reducing emissions from combustion engines and systematically expanding electromobility. Continued improvement in air quality is both an aspiration and an obligation for the BMW Group. Regardless of whether they are classified as Euro 6c or Euro 6d-TEMP, since summer 2018, all BMW diesel models in the European Union have been equipped with a combination of NOx storage catalytic convertor and SCR system. This sophisticated method of exhaust gas treatment generally results in very low NOx emissions throughout the entire operating range.
To improve air quality quickly, hardware upgrades are not an option for BMW Group vehicles – this remains unchanged:
The additional integration of a SCR system requires the dismantling of the existing architecture to the installation of a new exhaust system. New wiring harnesses, new control units, an AdBlue tank with heater and the necessary lines and additional sensors are to be installed.
Software updates, accelerated fleet renewal and all other measures will have a broader impact much sooner than any SCR hardware measure. The BMW Group is therefore implementing the following measures on a systematic basis:
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