Volvo is the first manufacturer who just announced it will permanently stop developing Diesel engines.
“From today’s perspective, we will not develop any more new generation diesel engines,” Volvo CEO Samuelsson stated in a German newspaper interview.
What a big announcement by the Swedish manufacturer to stop further development in diesel engines technology.
While Volvo further states that: “.. he believed diesel would still play a crucial role in the next few years in helping the company meet targets to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, being more fuel-efficient than petrol engines. We have just launched a brand new generation of petrol and diesel engines, highlighting our commitment to this technology. As a result, a decision on the development of a new generation of diesel engines is not required,”
The Volvo CEO sees two stages of the future of the motor engine:
2020 – achieving the 95 grams of carbon dioxide per km as agreed with the EU. And the 95 gram limit could not be reached without diesel, Samuelsson reiterates.
However with ever so lowering numbers, achieving more controlled nitrogen oxide emissions is becoming prohibitively expensive that is not longer viable, even for larger and more expensive vehicles. Volvo has not determined a time frame about how long the existing engine generation will remain stay in the program but it can be expected until about 2023.
Volvo will rely instead on the electrification of the entire model range. They call this the ‘gentle electrical support of the gasoline engine via a 48-volt electrical system, plug-in rechargeable hybrids and fully electric vehicles at the socket. Volvo plans to launch a first purely electric car in 2019. The Swedes have a top-class product in mind.
Samuelsson also mentions Tesla “It must be acknowledged that Tesla has managed to offer such a car for which the people are queuing. In the area, we should also have space, with high quality and attractive design.”
Volvo has so far no response for the transport market, where the diesel is hard to beat at this stage. Each petrol engine consumes approximately 20 percent more fuel and emits therefor more carbon dioxide than a comparable diesel engine. If there is towing involved on long-haul routes, the output and emissions are even higher.
So the future surely is electrical and the big car manufacturers will follow suit .