Recent news generated by the scandal on the manipulation of diesel engine emissions data by the Volkswagen group has created a huge media and social uproar, stirring up the environmental conscience of governments, institutions, companies and citizens in the light of the fact that the atmospheric pollution caused by gases from combustion engines and especially those that run off diesel fuel is not only greater than initially believed, but can also negatively impact on the quality of the air we breathe and consequently, our health.
Among other aspects, this situation has brought about an important advance in the acceptance curve of the electric vehicle by society as a whole that sees zero-emissions mobility as the solution to a problem that is casting itself as an ecological threat of epidemic proportion. This is very noticeable in Spain, where the dieselisation of the rolling stock has been on the up since the 1940s, with 1960 being when businessman Eduardo Barreiros, a motoring pioneer in Spain, replaced petrol engines for diesel at a time when that fuel was cheaper. This gave rise to a sharp increase in diesel-powered industrial vehicles and taxis, a phenomenon that subsequently extended to private cars by the end of the 1970s and above all in the 1980s.
This development, linked to the promotion of diesel by the Government of the day, has not only created a rolling stock that is environmentally toxic and dangerous to life, but also an undercurrent of social thinking regarding its advantages – mainly economic – of a fuel that in reality cannot be supported today, but which continues to run deep in the opinion of the drivers, at least until now…Read more…
General Manager, AEDIVE
Arturo Pérez de Lucia
Article published in: FuturENERGY September 2015