Done with Diesel: Maybe It’s Time to Go EV

VW garages have been working overtime since the Volkswagen emissions scandal broke in late 2015. Some 30 months later, fallout from the scandal continues. Manufacturers from Volkswagen to BMW have all reported declining interest in diesel cars. What does that mean to you? Maybe it is time to start looking at electric vehicles (EVs).

You might not be interested in an EV at this point. But consider that some of the larger metropolitan regions in Europe are coming to the conclusion that diesel-powered vehicles need to be banned or somewhat restricted. Cities like London and Paris are already taking measures to reduce the number of diesel vehicles on their streets.

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While we are keeping those BMW and VW garages busy, the companies behind the nameplates are working hard at producing economically viable EVs. Smart leads the way thanks to an announcement earlier this year that they will be all-electric by 2019.

Now, it doesn’t do a whole lot of good to talk about switching to an EV if you don’t know what’s out there. Thanks to Car Magazine, we don’t have to wonder. They published their top 10 list of the best EVs in early April. So which cars made the list? Here they are:

  1. Nissan Leaf
  2. BMW i3
  3. Tesla Model S
  4. Renault Zoe
  5. Hyundai Ionic Electric
  6. Tesla Model X
  7. VW e-Golf
  8. Kia Soul EV
  9. Smart Fortwo Electric Drive
  10. VW e-Up

It is rather fascinating to note that VW has two cars in the top 10. Some of us expected them to be working so hard on getting your diesel problems fixed that they wouldn’t have the time or resources to invest in EVs. Apparently, that line of thinking is incorrect.

Along with the two VWs is another surprise by the way of the BMW i3. BMW is a performance brand. They might be risking quite a bit with their entry into the electric market.

As for the rest of the cars on the list, there are not that many surprises. Tesla was born to be electric; the Kia Soul has been available in an electric version for a few years now; and the previously mentioned Smart has already committed to being the first car maker to go all-electric.

Diesels Will Not Disappear

Now that we have you thinking about diesel vs EV, we want to make one thing absolutely clear: diesel engines are not likely to disappear completely. EVs are not really practical outside of urban environments – except for people who drive very little anyway – and as for petrol cars, there is no advantage to pursuing them over their diesel counterparts.

In all likelihood, we will still be able to buy diesels 10 years from now. They will probably cost a bit more, but they will still be available. And those BMW and VW garages? They will still be in the business of fixing internal combustion engines.

Sources:

Car Magazine – https://www.carmagazine.co.uk/electric/best-electric-cars-and-EVs/

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