As hybrid and electric vehicles become more common, it seems increasingly obvious that diesel engines will soon go the way of the dodo.
As a matter of fact, Volvo chief executive HåkanSamuelsson revealed at the Geneva Motor Show his belief that, after the year 2020, diesel engines could become obsolete.
“We have to make a diesel engine with same NOx as a petrol engine, and while that can be done, it will be more expensive, which is why in the long term it’s a negative thing,” he said.
According to Samuelsson, diesel engines will play an important part in meeting CO2 fleet requirements but beyond that, could become obsolete.
“Until 2020 diesel will continue to have a very important part to play. After that twin engine (hybrid) and all electric cars will become more favourable cost-wise, and when the requirement comes down below 95g/km, I am quite sure the diesel engine cannot help us,” he told Autocar magazine.