Long the sovereign of fuels in France, diesel has been on the wane for several years. Protected by some and defended by others, it’s time to put an end to five misconceptions about “fuel oil”.
The 2015 dieselgate inflicted a hell of a slap on the diesel and its effects are still being felt today. This fuel that was still a few years ago the undisputed king in the automotive market has today wavered from his throne. Many want to bury him while others defend him tooth and nail. In both cases, it is clear that the clichés have tough skin for diesel.
Diesel is more polluting than gasoline: FALSE.
The new generations of diesel engines are working wonders and are capable of reducing NOx emissions by up to 90% while reducing CO2 emissions. Remember that gasoline engines globally emit more CO2, the main cause of global warming.
Diesel is no longer harmful thanks to its particulate filter: FALSE.
The DPF, at least on the first generations of cars to be equipped with it, increases NOx emissions which promote respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. Since 2014, however, the new Euro6 standard has imposed a deNOx system that reduces these emissions by at least half.
The diesel ban has only a limited impact on urban pollution: FALSE.
The example comes from Tokyo. The Japanese capital has banned vehicles for commercial use using diesel while waging a massive campaign to encourage individuals and businesses to turn away from this engine. Since then, air quality in the Tokyo megalopolis has improved significantly.
Diesel is more economical to use: FALSE.
Except for those who eat up the kilometer on the highways, i.e. those who swallow more than 25,000 km per year. You usually have to wait 150,000 km to reach the depreciation threshold. We must not forget that diesel, certainly less greedy than gasoline, causes certain additional costs such as higher insurance premiums.
Diesel is more reliable than gasoline: FALSE.
The image of unbreakable “oil” is now over. Since the generalization of the particulate filter, the reliability of these engines has deteriorated and many breakdowns and malfunctions have been reported on several occasions.
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