Over time the love for diesel and diesel engine cars has been on the decline and there are multiple reasons why.
With diesel car sale figures falling by 30% in 2018, how quickly is diesel losing its popularity? Demands for diesel bans are increasing in lots of European cities that are high in pollution due to the knowledge that diesel fumes do cause cancer because of the high level of nitrogen oxides and particulates (featured in a World Health Organization report). There is also the worry for drivers that their diesel cars will be unsellable and unusable in the next five years.
The advantages and disadvantages of diesel
Using diesel in cars can have its advantages and disadvantages. With many drivers being apprehensive about whether a diesel car is the right fit for them, it is important to know the good features and the bad features before purchasing.
Advantages of using diesel cars
- Cars that have a diesel engine can use up to 30% less fuel than a petrol car making them more efficient.
- Cars with a diesel engine generally last a long time on the road, even up to 30 years. Maintenance and care is needed to keep the engine healthy.
- The tax band of diesel cars are usually lower than petrol cars because they release 20% less CO2 emissions.
- Diesel engines offer considerably more pulling power than petrol engines which makes them great for towing or carrying heavy loads often.
Disadvantages of using diesel cars
- Although diesel used to be less money than petrol, it now costs the same amount or more. Diesel is still used for commercial vehicles and industrial and home generators. So, if the need for diesel is still there or increasing, the price will as well.
- Diesel cars require regular use on motorways and dual carriageways as the DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) can become clogged and be costly to fix.
- Diesel models are generally more expensive than petrol models, so it is important to calculate the usage and whether it is worth the extra money.
Impact of diesel on the environment
Although diesel is the most efficient type of fuel, it does have negative effects on the environment. Diesel is one of the largest contributors to environmental pollution issues in the world and with the increase in diesel vehicles and equipment powered by diesel, the global emissions are forever growing.
Diesel emissions contribute to pollution in water, soil and air, global climate change, visibility reduction and the development of cancer, cardiovascular health effects and respiratory issues.
The future of diesel
Diesel is very advantageous and has proved to be extremely useful but if the use of diesel is still going to continue, changes have to happen. Diesel is constantly being improved with pressure on the government to produce low emission diesel engines for a range of equipment and vehicles. With this pressure advanced filters, catalytic converter and low-sulphur fuel has been created to cut down on the toxic emissions and hopefully destroy them.
Diesel benefits society massively so the interest and popularity of diesel have not been lost but there do need to be steps in reducing the negative impact on health and the environment or it may over time become avoided or banned as the world turns greener.