It goes without saying that with a title like Diesel Car, we’re pretty partial to diesel cars and if you’re reading this, you are too. But how secure is diesel’s future? Here’s the top 3 threats to diesel power.
1. Low emission, frugal petrols
Diesel engines have come on leaps and bounds in the last decade. Today’s modern diesel are clean, quiet, frugal and powerful. Petrol technology has come along way too with the clever tech like Ford’s Ecoboost, Volkswagen’s TFSi and Fiat’s Twinair. Cars like the SEAT Alhambra, offered with small, frugal petrol engines but with plenty of power will surely hurt diesel sales.
2. Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles
Hydrogen powered vehicles will one day likely replace the conventional combustion engine. However fond we are of diesel, there’s a finite amount of oil in the world and one day, it will run out. Hydrogen has no such limitation and the only exhaust emission is pure water. It’s the one thing most likely to kill off the diesel car.
3. The Electric car
Should electric cars take off as many manufacturers hope they do, that may well result diesel becoming even more marginalised. Diesel already occupies something of a niche in the UK and should electric become any more popular it’s likely that manufacturers may simply withdraw diesel-powered variants from the UK market.