Rhetoric coming from some corners would have us believe that diesel cars are evil and electric vehicles are the way, the truth and the light. Yet the humble diesel and its petrol-driven cousin aren’t finished yet. Not by a long way. Growing global demand for mobility will see internal combustion engines remain with us for some time to come, hopefully long enough for the champions of electromobility to overcome the technology’s current drawbacks.
Volvo could be set to ditch diesel engine technology for its cars within the next five years. Chief executive of the Swedish VM, Hakan Samuelsson said the cost of making diesel more emissions friendly could mean the brand’s current generation of diesel engines, introduced in 2013, could be the last.
Diesel powered cars have gained a lot of press since the Volkswagen emissions scandal became public knowledge in 2015, and much of this has been negative. The Government is now considering measures that will discourage the use of diesel cars, with disincentives such as a ‘toxins tax’ or banning polluting vehicles from city centres a possibility. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) believes such steps don’t do the latest generation of diesel vehicles justice, and has issued a list of ten facts it hopes will inform motorists about diesels:
Additives for diesel engines allow many diesel vehicles to keep pace with ever stricter emissions legislation, while also providing improved Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) performance. Typically, diesel additives will either be Fuel Borne Catalysts (FBC) or Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF); which offer differing benefits for processing the noxious gases produced by the diesel combustion process. However, the market is also flooded with fluids that make unsubstantiated claims about improving performance, so how diligently should the consumer treat these fluids?
Randstad Ltd has successfully held a three-day national training course hosted by Gary Wood of The Diesel Doctor with the aim to support independent garages on the effective use of the TerraClean DPF / EGR cleaning tool.
Beginning 27 September, the seminars were open to all independent garages and mechanics. Numbers were purposely kept small to provide a more personal approach with 60 people attending over the three days.
Renault, the French car maker, may stop offering diesel engines in most of its cars sold in Europe. The proposed move is a reaction to the cost of ensuring that diesel engines comply with tighter emissions regulations and the crackdown follows last year’s diesel emissions scandal involving German car maker Volkswagen.
Ricardo has signed an agreement with Anhui Quanchai Engine Co., Ltd. (“Quanchai”) – one of China’s largest diesel engine makers – to support the development of a new generation common rail diesel engine platform for commercial applications.
The Government is considering reversing a cut in diesel duty in an effort to address air quality concerns. Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin told the London Evening Standard that the former Labour chancellor Gordon Brown had made a mistake when he cut diesel duty by 3p in his 2001 budget. McLoughlin said: “It is something the chancellor will need to look at in due course.”
Advanced vehicle engine cleaning brand, TerraClean, is helping vehicle fleets save serious money off their fuel bills and reduce vehicle emissions output. TerraClean products have proven exceptionally important to public sector fleets, namely: The TerraClean Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) and Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) cleaning tool and, diesel engine cleaning machine.
Exol Lubricants’ new generation, fully synthetic, multigrade engine oil, Optima LSG 5W-30, has been upgraded to a more advanced additive package to now include all Mercedes-Benz diesel cars fitted with a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF).
Liverpool-based engine care specialist Cataclean has finalised a major agreement with the RAC’s fleet of UK patrol vehicles following a limited trial, conducted via Cataclean’s distribution partner Euro Car Parts on 40 vehicles. As a result, the RAC’s 1,400 vehicles will carry one of the company’s flagship products, Cataclean Diesel, which is primarily pitched as a solution to clogged diesel particulate filters, but can be used for petrol and hybrid engines too. Cataclean’s director of sales William Jones said the product was selected following a rise in the number of RAC call-outs to vehicles with clogged diesel particulate filters (DPFs).
The First Line Group (FLG) has introduced a set of replacement pressure hoses for the diesel particulate filter (DPF) on the Ford Mondeo IV. These hoses are prone to premature failure, the group says, offering the new line alongside its premium quality First Line Turbo Hoses.
Halfords Autocentres has launched a new Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) cleaning service for motorists. The network said the new service is partially a response to both concerns about the level of pollution in diesel cars. Martin Barber, Halfords Autocentres DPF expert states: “We’re seeing a growing concern about pollution from diesel cars, and the impact […]