This is not the place to be mentioning the ‘B’ word. This country is in enough of a flap as it is. The eCars247 blog is about cars and motoring pleasure and enjoyment. In the meantime, some interesting statistics have come to light that show quite clearly that there is still life in diesel and that it is not after all a fuel of the devil. After all, all forms of motive power have their drawbacks.
On the emissions front however the news is good as it is noted that in 2017 new cars on sale expelled 12.6% less carbon dioxide than equivalent older models, although average UK new car CO² rose 0.8%. This is because the shift away from diesel, thanks to a negative press, was responsible for almost half of that CO² increase. The continuing sluggishness of electric car sales was not enough to bridge the gap.
Now, tough EU industry new car targets are looking increasingly challenging with a 5.9% annual reduction in emissions needed to meet the new 95g/km level (on new cars from built from 2021). As a consequence, our home-grown motor industry has called for some realistic policies from government to support the transition to a low carbon future. They warn that the anti-diesel agenda and slow take-up of EV’s could mean our industry will miss the next round of emissions targets in 2021.
Despite the fact that our cars are more efficient in many ways, tailpipe emissions rose for the first time after nearly twenty years of reductions, as mentioned, by 0.8% to 121.0g/km. The suggestion is that a negative 17.1% decline in new diesel car registrations was caused by a confused government policy. Buyers held back. Yet because diesel cars typically consume less fuel than petrol equivalents, they emit, on average, 15-20% less CO² and about half of the emission rise was attributable to this decline in diesel demand.
In short, it is officially acknowledged that there’s plenty of life left in diesel cars and in internal combustion engines in general. The bulk of the nation’s fleet of motors is still powered in this way.
Advances In Technology
Advances in petrol and diesel vehicle technology have at last delivered lower CO², greatly reduced NOx and almost zero particulates. Of course, industry continues to invest mightily in alternative technologies and more than a fifth of new car models are now available as being zero emission capable, yet they make up just 5% of sales. For pure battery-powered vehicles, take up is even lower at just half of one percent. With incentives to buyers being scaled back and new tax measures imposed on hybrid and plug-in hybrid cars it undermines consumer confidence in that technology. Buyers can still have confidence in diesel models sold alongside our petrol driven cars at eCars247
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