SageBrush wrote:The sooner diesel dies, the better.
Yes. But there needs to be a good alternative to diesel propulsion for it to die. Otherwise you might as well as say, "The sooner people stop owning and driving motorized vehicles the better."
Commercial vehicle fleets buy diesels, not because they think it's cool or that they like to destroy the environment, but because right now it's the best option they've got. As a former bus/truck driver, and having driven both diesel and gasoline buses, the diesels many times get as much as twice the fuel mileage as the gasoline rigs do. Not to mention that they require less maintenance and last many more miles. And those are very important atributes when you're thinking in terms of millions of miles.
The reason I still own my diesel car is that it just won't die. I've got over 500,000 miles on it, and I can still get up to 60mpg (USA) if I'm easy on the throttle. And all I've done to the engine since I've owned it is change the oil and oil, air and fuel filters and only one broken injection line, and that's it. Financially I can't swallow another debt right now. Even used Prii are still expensive. Basically I'd have to find someone who'd trade their Prius straight across for my Leaf, unless I bought >>THIS PRIUS<<
, which I would still have to take a loan out. Of course then my fossil fuel free driving would go from 95% to 0% because I'd no longer own an EV.