Diesel remains important, Alphabet says
28 November 2018
Author: Sean Keywood
Modern diesel engines remain an important part of the right fuel mix for fleets, according to leasing company Alphabet.
The firm cites research from the European Automobile Manufacturers Association, which found that 270 diesel cars over the past year not only passed the new WLTP emissions test, but also the Real Driving Emissions test that will be compulsory from September 2019.
Separate research has found the latest Euro 6d-TEMP diesels emit 76% less NOx than Euro 6b diesels, and up to 85% less than Euro 5 diesels.
An Alphabet spokesperson said: "Modern diesel vehicles are therefore relevant to the mobility mix of the future. For companies in particular, they continue to play an important role in the selection of several drive and mobility alternatives.
"One thing is clear: for those who drive often and long distances, there is no alternative to diesel in the medium term. With low fuel consumption and low pollutant emissions, modern Euro 6d-TEMP diesel engines are not only ecologically convincing, but also economical.
"For frequent drivers, they offer the most convincing balance in terms of total cost of ownership for the foreseeable future."
Alphabet says that for other mobility needs, solutions such as car sharing - which it offers through its AlphaCity programme - might be preferable, while assessing which mobility strategy is best for a fleet can be helped by its Mobility Consulting Tool.