Are diesel engines going to be banned?

Full electrification powered by renewable sources is a long way from mainstream adoption, but diesel continues to represent a viable option for drivers now and in the future. We show you why

In the past decade alone, diesel engines have made great strides in improving their efficiency. This has resulted in fuel cost and environmental benefits for drivers and wider society.

However, the recent ‘dieselgate’ scandal, which has been followed by news headlines about national and localised restrictions on older diesel vehicles, has led to confusion surrounding the future of the diesel engine.

Here you can find a timeline of diesel’s most important past and future milestones, as well as information on the many technological advancements that have helped reduce vehicle emissions.

What is the future of diesel?

The benefits of opting for diesel powered vehicles remain the same – they provide great fuel economy and are a cost-efficient way of decarbonising road transport. Modern diesel vehicles can also be comparable to petrol engines in terms of their nitrogen oxide (NOx) output.

Diesel cars that meet current Euro 6 standards on emissions performance will continue to offer an important choice for drivers.

As acknowledged by the GEAR 2030 High Level Group in their report on the Competitiveness and Sustainable Growth of the Automotive Industry in the European Union, combustion vehicles will remain an important part of the fleet to 2030 and beyond.