Experts are now looking into the results.

German transport ministry was surprised to find that 30 out of 53 cars recently tested for CO2 emissions are far beyond the norms. Following the diesel scandal with Volkswagen, Germany decided to test more diesel cars for defeat devices and discovered many of them have “inexplicably high CO2 emissions.”

“Out of 53 cars tested for illegal software, 30 were showing inexplicably high CO2 emissions,” a spokeswoman from the German transport ministry told Automotive News Europe. “The experts are now looking into this.”

At this point, the ministry is keeping the cars and the brands they came from in secret, but it wants to retest them to confirm the results. But in November last year it was announced vehicles from many major car manufacturers will be tested, including VW Group brands, Ford, Opel, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Fiat, Renault, Peugeot, and Toyota.

Earlier this year it was revealed German authorities will take legal measures to ban older diesels in some cities. This move will reflect on diesel vehicles that do not meet Euro 6 regulations, which refer to a NOx emission limit of 80 milligrams per kilometer.

In addition, the German government wants to boost sales of hybrid and electric cars with new incentives, part of an agreement with car manufacturers.

Source: Automotive News Europe