Nissan To Slowly Retire Diesel Engines From Europe, Push EVs Instead

Nissan will gradually stop selling models with diesel engines in Europe, as a company spokeswoman confirmed to Reuters.

The Japanese carmaker’s move is seen as a further sign of weakening demand for diesel cars, as buyers are worried about tax rises and upcoming bans and restrictions in many countries.

The same report cites a source saying that Nissan is planning on cutting hundreds of jobs at their factory in Sunderland, UK’s biggest automotive factory, due to the decreasing demand for diesel vehicles in European markets.

“Along with other manufacturers and industry bodies we can see the progressive decline of diesel but we do not anticipate its sudden end in the short-term,” the spokeswoman said. “At this point in time and for many customers, modern diesel engines will remain in demand and continue to be available within Nissan’s powertrain offering.”

“In Europe, where our diesel sales are concentrated, our electrification push will allow us to discontinue diesel gradually from passenger cars at the time of each vehicle renewal,” she added.

The automotive industry is facing increasing pressure from regulators with stricter emissions standards and is in the middle of adjusting their businesses, including heavy investments in electric cars.

Last week the European Automobile Manufacturers Association released the first quarter’s sales figures, revealing a sizeable drop in demand for diesel vehicles across the region as customers turned instead to petrol and electrified models.

  • Bash

    I think Toyota were the leaders in this move.

    • Christian

      what film?….

      • Bash

        move, not movie, you silly.. :):)

        • Christian

          Ohhh, I feel stupid now….

  • Belthronding

    could not express any better than this!!!
    EVs are seem to be marketing object,there is no such environmental benefit in long term.
    To understand environmental effect of electric production should be the main point.

    • Silimarina

      says who?You should look at the million of death caused by SMOG

      • Belthronding

        says who? it is me as you see.
        my point is that to look at how world is producing electric and how it pollutes air.
        EV car itself may not be polluting air BUT electric production comes with really huge impact.So at the end of the day what is the point of EV after all ?

        • Silimarina

          Energy production comes with a impact, only if it’s made by coal.But that is changing to more green sorces of energy pretty fast.But even so, EV’s reduces air pollution where it matters the most, in cities. Where the majority of worlds population lives. I love ICE cars, but only the sporty ones.The rest can be replaced by EV’s.

  • There are better scientific sources than Fox News. Clean diesel is a hoax. Use diesel vacuum cleaner if you believe in this bollocks.

    • Andrew Riles

      The concept of a zero emission vehicle is also a hoax when you take into account the entire supply chain…..

      • TheHake

        That’s the point I’m trying to make. Building an electric car, generating the electricity for it (including the inefficient manufacturing of solar panels) is even worse for the environment than a modern diesel.

        • That’s what the oil mafia is trying to sell you. Utter baseless bollocks. What’s more energy-efficient to produce in your opinion, a car with multiple times more parts and much more complexity (ICE) or one that has less parts and much less complexity (electric)? The solar panels life-cycle is over 20 years, that’s the bare minimum as you get warranty. Have you checked how much energy it takes to produce them and how much they produce during the life-cycle?

          When you are done with your research look up how much energy it takes to pump crude oil from the ground, to transport it, to refine it, to transport it again and once again to pump it to your car? Have you checked the efficiency of ICE engines? I highly doubt.

          • TheHake

            Do yourself a favour and go check the materials needed and processes required to manufacture: High-torque electrical motors, high-current batteries, solar panels, the sheath for the high-current cables, the rare earth metals for magnets and cables. Even then, you get a soulless vacuum cleaner of a car.

      • Nobody said that the life cycle of an electric vehicle has zero emissions, however these cars have 1. zero tailpipe emissions – meaning that in urban zones you will not suffocate and die from pollution 2. electric vehicles get cleaner all the time as the energy supply comes more and more from green energy 3. even if 100% comes from coal it’s still cleaner than an ICE 4. Electric vehicle manufacturers use green energy for production as well and there is an extensive use of recycled materials

  • Silimarina

    what a load of bs.Stop reading articles and studies finance bt the oil industry.EV’s reduce the polution from the cities, where there are the largest nr of cars and peoples.Air polltion causes millions of deaths/year wordlwide