media coverage has given diesel vehicles something of a bad reputation, leading
many drivers to think that they should invest in petrol models instead. The
truth, however, is somewhat different from what’s being reported. Here, we take
you through the facts about diesel cars.
Below are 5 reasons why we think you should consider diesel for your next car, and you don't just have to take our word for it. We've included a video from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and you can find out more information by visiting their website using the button below.
SUPERIOR FUEL ECONOMY AND RANGE
A key reason to choose a diesel vehicle is to benefit from less stops at the pumps. For example, you can get between 15 and 20 percent more miles per gallon compared to an equivalent petrol vehicle.
DIESEL IS CRITICAL TO REDUCING EMISSIONS
Diesel vehicles actually play a vital role in the improvement of air quality in towns and cities, and in the wider challenge of tackling climate change. According to SMMT, diesel cars emit, on average, 20% less CO2 than their petrol equivalents. Indeed, since 2002, the atmosphere has been saved from an estimated 3.5m tonnes of CO2 thanks to diesel technology.
DIESELS ARE NOT THE MAIN CULPRIT IN URBAN NOx EMISSIONS
What’s more, diesels are not the main source of NOx emissions in London, accounting for just 12% of the city’s NOx emissions. The latest Euro 6 vehicles are the cleanest that have ever been produced, featuring technology that converts the majority of NOx into nitrogen and water before it reaches the atmosphere.
DIESEL PARTICULATE FILTERS HAVE MADE A HUGE IMPACT
Since 2011, all new diesel cars have been fitted with a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF), meaning that around 50% of diesels on the road now have one. This simple yet effective addition to modern vehicles means that there’s been a huge reduction in particulate matter released into the environment. As much as 99% of soot particles are captured by the DPFs, making for cleaner air than in past years.
From May, MOT tests will follow stricter rules regarding the functionality of DPFs too. This means that any evidence of tampering, or the removal of a DPF altogether, will result in a failure. The introduction of this change will further help to ensure better air quality in the UK.
THE TOUGHEST EVER EMISSIONS STANDARD IS NOW IN PLAY
In September 2017, a new EU-wide emissions testing system came into force, whereby cars are tested under ‘real-world’ conditions. That means speed, road condition, congestion and driving style are all taken into account. This will help to further reduce the amount of CO2 and NOx being released into the environment.
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