Europe says goodbye to diesel. It’s a quiet goodbye, but a trend that cannot be stopped. In the first nine months, only 27.2 percent of all new vehicles in Europe had a diesel engine under the hood. For comparison: in 2011 it was 56.1 percent.
“Electrification of the driveline takes away the fuel from customers,” says Ferdinand Dudenhöffer, director of CAR Center Automotive Research in Duisburg (D). It is clear to the well-known automotive expert that this is just the beginning. “Boris Johnson’s decision to phase out internal combustion engines by 2030 will intensify the downward trend in the next few years, as will the tightening of the EU’s CO2 emissions requirements,” he says.
Tax credits postpone the end
Diesel fuel has become expensive and its CO2 savings are no longer “state-of-the-art” like the previously praised “wonder unit”. “His last stand include large SUVs, large company cars and tax breaks in Germany, for example. Without tax breaks in many European countries with diesel, it would have looked much sadder, ”said Dudenhöffer.
The decline in diesel sales in Norway is impressive. Only 10.3 percent of new registrations are diesel in the first nine months of the year. In 2011, it was still as much as 75.7 percent. Diesel engines are already exotic in the Netherlands with a market share of just 4.5 percent.
“Too expensive for car manufacturers”
Dudenhöffer concludes: “Diesel has become expensive for carmakers. This is one reason why car makers like Volvo have long announced that they will no longer invest in diesel engines.
And: “Of the 128,000 plug-in hybrids registered in Germany in the first nine months, only 15,000 are
or 12 percent are diesel engines. It also shows that there is little space for diesel in the plug-in hybrids. ‘ In short: the end of a good old diesel is near. (pbe)