Future of diesel vehicles, is it coming to an end?

 

Dirty Exhaust fumes coming from the rear of a diesel car in traffic
Dirty Exhaust fumes coming from the rear of a diesel car in traffic

When thinking of the new wave of hybrid and electric engines taking over, we can really see why. It is much better for the environment, it is a lot more practical and with all the extra added features diesel struggles to offer, with Tesla leading the charge we start to question, is it over for the diesel engine?

Tesla Model S on the road.... is this the future of cars
Tesla Model S on the road…. is this the future of cars

The amount of people driving electric vehicles has skyrocketed, especially taking off in 2016. At the end of 2016 China, leading the way, had 2 million electric vehicles on the road with 38% of them whole sales being made in that year alone. Furthermore in Norway 29.1% of all new car sales are now electric or hybrid vehicles, which is only predicted to grow until electric engines finally outgrow diesels.

The future of diesel was already looking shaky, but was the Volkswagen scandel the nail in coffin? To remind some, Volkswagen were cheating emission tests, changing performance to improve results. This meant they were producing engines which were illegal under emissions laws, and seriously damaged the environment for the time they were on the road, until they were forced to do a recall and issue a public apology.

 

But can electric engines replace the years of history in diesel powered motorsports? I think not. Diesel engines were key innovations in the history of motorsport and swapping them out immediately for electric cars simply cannot be done overnight.

Diagram to show where the components are on a hybrid and how they all work together, how a Hybrid works
Diagram to show where the components are on a hybrid and how they all work together, how a Hybrid works

So therefore i am i firm believer that in the next coming decades electric cars with continue to grow, until they overtake sales of diesel cars. It is better for the environment and a lot more practical in a forever technologically advancing world, where you can simply charge your car at home with great ease.