Page 18 - Commercial Vehicle Engineer - November 2018
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NEWS FEATURE
DIESEL ENGINES
IN THEIR DEATH THROES?
F arfromit,according to exhaust emissions
experts from around the globe who gathered in Gothenburg last month
for a high-power symposium offering
a fascinating insight into the exhaust emissions technology likely to be behind the trucks and buses of the near future. David Wilcox reports.
Diesel-enginedmodelsaccountedfor around 43% of all new cars sold in the
UK twelve months ago. Now their share
of this market is down to 32% and falling. Statistics like these serve as a stark indicator of how fast and how far public perceptions of diesel have sunk.
This engine type’s reputation has suffered immense, some would say irreparable, harm as a result mainly of the
Volkswagen“dieselgate”emissions-test cheating scandal, poorly performing NOx-reduction systems, and  awed European emissions legislation.
Against this backdrop, it would scarcely be surprising if the prevailing mood at
a Gothenburg, Sweden symposium last month, focused on heavy-duty diesel emissions control, was at least tending towards gloom and despondency. Not a bit
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