While some automakers are pulling away from diesel engines following Volkswagen’s scandal, Jaguar Land Rover boss Ralf Speth is going on the defensive, attacking the “demonization” of modern diesel engines. Speaking to Autocar, Speth confirmed the British automaker will continue to promote modern diesel technology, adding that diesels are important in meeting strict emissions regulations. “The latest diesel technology is really such a step in emissions, performance, particulates; it’s better for the environment when compared to petrol,” he said. “Diesel has to – needs to – have a future.”
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Speth believes diesel technology serves as a bridge to ensure emissions continues to fall until hybrid and electric vehicles become more common. He suggested Volkswagen’s diesel scandal kicked off the demonization of modern diesel engines but added that the entire industry suffers because the German automaker used manipulation software, not just Volkswagen itself.
He also admitted that electric vehicles are the future of the industry, while fuel cells are “poor from an environmental point of view.”
Jaguar Land Rover is aiming to have about 25 to 30 percent of its sales to be of electric cars by 2025. In the near future – by 2020 – half of the automaker’s models will come with some form of electrification.
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