DNAinaGoodWay wrote:Wow! Could this be the end of VW?
No, but I think it will probably accelerate the phase out of all diesel ICEVs.
While I've often considered a turbo diesel for ICEV efficiency, as i do most of my driving far from most people, it has always seemed insane for government subsidy programs (especially in Europe) to encourage their use in areas of high population density.
http://www.autocar.co.uk/blogs/industry ... ath-diesel
Are we about to see the death of diesel?
The VW emissions scandal could see a fall in the popularity of diesel engines, and this is no bad thing reckons Hilton Holloway
I’m as much to blame as anyone. Right back in 1998 I got my hands on one of the first super-punchy Mk4 Volkswagen Golf diesels...
Six years later I was scrabbling around in the gutters of Piccadilly, central London. I was photographing the kerb stones which appeared to be thickly coated in a graphite-like substance. It was, in fact, the particulates being emitted - mainly - by London’s ageing diesel bus fleet.
It has taken a ridiculously long time for law makers, civil servants and the media to wake up to the threat from diesel engines that are used in stop-start conditions.
Scientific studies showing London’s Oxford Street, and roads in central Oxford, Manchester and Birmingham were among the most polluted in the world seem to be published to no effect.
Certainly, the amount of pollution put out by diesel engines has fallen dramatically in the last few years, but there are plenty of scientists who are concerned that the newest engines are emitting ever smaller particulates, which, ironically, are so small they might get lodged deep in the lungs and even pass into the bloodstream.
Recent real-world tests by Emissions Analytics - revealed in the Sunday Times with great fanfare but little political effect - show that even the most modern diesel engines can emit far more pollution than their laboratory rating suggests.
Anything from regular stop-start traffic to speed bumps can, for example, cause peaks in nitrogen oxides emissions. The latest estimates are that there are 9500 premature deaths in the capital alone from exposure to pollution...
The result of decades of encouraging diesel sales were apparent last Spring in Paris:
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/m ... es-traffic
Paris emergency measures to combat smog hailed as a success
Traffic jams in the French capital reduced by up to 40% as result of attempt to reduce level of fine PM10 particles from diesel vehicles
Emergency measures introduced in Paris to halve the number of vehicles on the roads after a noxious smog descended on the French capital have been hailed as a success.
Police said the measures had reduced traffic jams in and around Paris by up to 40% and that 2,800 drivers had been stopped and given on-the-spot fines of €22 (£16) for flouting the regulation by midday on Monday.
Only “clean” cars, those with uneven number plates or vehicles carrying more than three people have been permitted to enter Paris and 22 surrounding areas on Monday in an attempt to reduce the level of fine PM10 particles from diesel engines...
Pedestrians and cyclists in the city have said that the pollution has become steadily worse over the past few weeks. For several hours on Wednesday last week, as the pollution peaked and a cloud of smog almost completely obscured the city’s famous landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, Paris was declared the most polluted city in the world – worse than Shanghai, which normally tops the list...