January 05, 2017 at 10:56 AM

In the not so distant past, diesel vehicles were seen to be the car of choice for many. However, with the recent scandals surrounding vehicle manufacturers and emissions, what does the future hold for diesel engines?

Pollution

Cities around the world have considered banning diesel vehicles, with larger cities starting to increase the tax on diesel drivers.

For example, the Financial Times website has reported that Oslo in Norway will ban diesel vehicles between the hours of 6am and 10pm everyday until their air pollution levels have decreased.

However, it’s important to note that these levels of pollution usually effect larger cities such as London or Manchester. Anyone who has the misfortune to drive in London during rush hour can see just how many stationary vehicles leave their engines running.

Commercial Use

Despite the shift in attitudes, vehicles that are used commercially, such as skilled workers or fleet companies, are still mainly fuelled by diesel. Think about HGVs, larger vans, buses and taxis; they’re all still powered by diesel.

This may cause more problems in larger cities where the levels of commercial traffic increase in a smaller area, so does this mean that there’s going to be a change to these vehicles too? Probably not, can you imagine all HGVs being powered by petrol, no matter how large their engines might be?

Price

For some drivers, the wholesale and commercial cost of fuel may have something to do with the shift in attitudes between diesel and petrol vehicles. Visit any roadside station and there is usually a definitive difference in price between the two fuels.

However, if you already own a diesel van, or are considering purchasing one, then websites such as petrolprices.com help search the area around any postcode to find you the cheapest price.

When buying a used vehicle, you do need to take into account the running costs involved, especially when you regularly take longer journeys. Diesel engines generally do use less fuel compared to their petrol counterparts, are more economical on motorways, and produce less CO2.

For commercial drivers, we still think that a diesel van is an excellent choice. The running cost of these diesel vehicles can have a positive impact on skilled labourers, or those who are self-employed and have to travel longer distances between jobs.

At the same time as that, diesel vehicles generally offer more low-speed torque, making them ideal for those who need to tow trailers. This is especially useful if you have to regularly transport large pieces of equipment or machinery.


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