Nissan has revealed that it is going to phase out diesel vehicles in Europe. The Japanese manufacturer will allegedly stop launching diesel powered passengers vehicles by the year 2021. This follows a similar move initiated by the likes of Porsche and Toyota within the same market. The move is one the latest signs concerning the transitions to cleaner forms of transportation considering diesel has lately been hit by declining demand and choking regulations.
A spokeswoman from the brand confirmed the trend setting allegation, claiming they share the perspectives of other manufacturers pertaining the progressive decline of diesel but are not anticipating a sudden end within the short term. At this point for a number of customers, there is still some demand for diesel offerings in Nissan’s lineup.
Nissan sells diesel commercial vehicles in the European market such as the NV200 and the Navara. Diesel still remains a significant fuel source for the light commercial vehicles, but if the news is anything to go by, Nissan will be reducing the share in this area.
Nissan: The Latest in a Line of Exits from Diesel
Both Toyota and Suzuki have made recent announcements concerning their departure from the diesel power-train in Europe. Fiat Chrysler also claimed they would stop producing diesel passenger vehicles by the year 2022.
The move from Nissan is reactions from the plunging diesel car sales across the European market while the government’s attempt to limit the fuel source that was once so popular. It is also an act of foresight following regulations that have put a domino effect in motion such as the ban of diesel and petrol cars in France by the year 2040.
The British government has also increased their taxation on diesel vehicles and is planning a ban on the sale of most hybrids and all petrol & diesel power-trains by the year 2040. Clearly, this is opening the path to the EV era.
The Future is EV
Europe has been the hardest hit by stringent regulations for emissions courtesy of the commissions from the European Union. Now one may think the governmental regulations may not have an effect on the populous and their decisions on which cars to buy, but interestingly enough, the effects are currently being felt especially when it comes to diesel sales.
In the previous year the demand for diesel vehicles decreased 7.9 percent to 6.7 million cars. This is allegedly down from a high of 54.9 percent in 2011 according to statistics from JATO Dynamics. In Germany, the sales took a dive by at least 37 %. Clearly, the government campaign for cleaner fuels is taking effect with the relevant markets.
This is coupled with the now overt race to develop viable mass scale EV technology and the fascination with self-driving. Almost all of the major brands have developed fully working EV departments to reach these targets. In a short time, the technology will become feasible and the auto industry will be redefined according to EV technology.
Nissan has been researching over time towards this goal in a bid to redesign the global market share in its own image, much like Toyota and everyone else.