It’s time to dispel the diesel myths…

28 February 2018

by: Aislinn Millichip

In March 2017, almost a quarter of a million brand-new diesel cars were registered by UK car buyers, which was a new record! Will we come close to that this month or have myths surrounding diesel power put people off? Diesel cars still play a huge part in improving urban air quality and in tackling climate change, so we thought we’d share our five favourite facts about diesels so you can find out which fuel you prefer:

1. In the UK, 4.8 million commercial vehicles transport our people, essential products and also our emergency services over 61 billion miles each and every year. 96% of these CVs are powered by diesel! Where would we be without them?

2. Did you know that diesel cars emit 20% less CO2 than their petrol equivalents? This makes diesel critical to reducing CO2 emissions, which in turn is tackling climate change!

3. Almost half of new cars registered in the UK are diesels, thanks to their high performance and low fuel consumption. Diesels use 20% less fuel than like-for-like petrol models on average, and as diesel drivers generally cover more miles – up to 60% more, in fact – lower fuel bills are a massive selling point.

4. Contrary to popular belief, diesel cars aren’t actually the main source of urban NOx! Road transport as a whole is responsible for around half of London’s NOx, but diesel cars produce just 11% of this. The key to keeping emissions low is to keep traffic moving.

5. As the cleanest vehicles in history, the latest Euro 6 vehicles feature special filters and clever technology to convert the majority of NOx from the engine into harmless nitrogen and water before it reaches the exhaust. Because of this, the latest Euro 6 cars are classed as low-emission for the London Ultra Low Emission Zone (due to come into force in 2019) meaning they’re free to enter the zone without charge!

Mike Hawes, Chief Executive at the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT), said:

“Euro 6 diesel cars on sale today are the cleanest in history. Not only have they drastically reduced or banished particulates, sulphur and carbon monoxide but they also emit vastly lower NOx than their older counterparts – a fact recognised by London in their exemption from the Ultra Low Emission Zone that will come into force in 2019. Some recent reports have failed to differentiate between these much cleaner cars and vehicles of the past.

This is unfair and dismissive of progress made. In addition to their important contribution to improving air quality, diesel cars are also a key part of action to tackle climate change while allowing millions of people, particularly those who regularly travel long distances, to do so as affordably as possible.”


If you’d like to find out more about diesel cars, why don’t you come and see the team at Griffin Mill? It’s easy to reach us as we’re located just off the A470 in Pontypridd – with such a variety of makes and models to choose from, we’re sure to be able to find the ideal car for you.

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