What is the future of diesel? This is the question that many people are asking in recent times, especially truck transporters and other special vehicles which are especially affected.
With this doubt, we want to tell you in this post some of the most relevant details of the diesel and the problems that exist: from why the future of diesel wobbles, to the origin, the differences that it has with gasoline, and much more.
Origin of diesel
The origin of the diesel goes back to the year 1893. A German engineer named Rudolf Diesel was responsible for this invention: an engine that burned vegetable oils, such as palm oil.
The aim of Diesel was to invent a model that worked with a multitude of fuels and was efficient and sustainable, however this invention seems to be nearing its end, mainly due to the pollution it causes on our planet, and the effects it has on people’s health.
Main problems caused by diesel
As mentioned earlier, diesel is more polluting than gasoline. It is a fuel that is made by distilling crude oil. The main problems that diesel causes worldwide, but especially in Europe, are its CO 2 emissions and also its emissions of nitrous oxides (NOx). Nitrous oxides, specifically nitrous dioxide, is one of the gases that most affects people. This gas has become one of the main problems for the respiratory system of people and, in large quantities, can lead to death.
The European Environment Agency has announced that in Europe there is a big problem with the emission of this toxic gas, since almost the entire population of the Union is exposed to large concentrations of this gas.
However, as we have said before, it should be noted that diesel-powered cars do not pollute the same as they did decades ago. These engines have undergone modifications in recent years to try to reduce these emissions. Some of these modifications are the following: incorporation of particle filters and recirculation of exhaust gases, among other things.
The future of diesel
The future of diesel is, to this day, uncertain. What we do know is that last year 2017 Brussels announced the prohibition of two types of diesel: the diesel Euro 1 from dates before 1997, and without Euro from dates before 1992, with the aim of leaving in the near future (2025 ) the Euro 6 diesel.
What is the future of diesel?
Many cities are in favor of the end of diesel. This statement is possible because from the institutions of some cities like the Balearic Islands it has been announced that they are thinking about the withdrawal of these vehicles from 2025. In other cities such as Madrid, they have announced that they think about its prohibition in the center of the city. city, and this is the case with many others.
However, it is not just some European cities that are taking action. Some vehicle brands have already begun to remove diesel engines from some of their major vehicle launches.
In addition, the latest data provided by the Spanish Association of Automobile Manufacturers and Trucks (ANFAC) have shown that in this year 2018 the population seems to be more aware of the problem of diesel. Data on vehicle purchases have revealed that during the first 6 months of 2018 in Spain, citizens have acquired more vehicles with gasoline engines, close to 60% compared to 37% of vehicles with diesel engines, which shows that diesel engines are ceasing to be preferred by the Spanish.
Alternatives to diesel and how it affects trucks
Given that the future of diesel is uncertain, we know that many of you do not stop thinking about what are the best alternatives if diesel engines disappear.
Currently it seems that a good alternative are electric and hybrid vehicles. The latter, moreover, have greater autonomy than electric ones.
However, for those who dedicate themselves to the transport of goods, you will have to wait for more viable alternatives to diesel, because for the moment, the tests that have been carried out on electric trucks have been with highly optimized trucks and completely flat routes and routes.
If you are a transporter and you do not stop thinking about the savings that diesel provides, do not worry, many companies do not stop working on new options and until it is definitively regulated how and when it stops making diesel, it will still be many years and there will be time enough to generate viable alternatives in the world of transport.