The Illusion of Green Diesel

Diesel cars have experienced a growth in popularity of late, with reports indicating that diesel options now constitute more than 50% of the car market.

Whilst it is generally accepted that all fossil fuels such as petrol and diesel have a negative impact on the environment, diesel cars have long been marketed as being more fuel efficient than petrol alternatives, and many have thus claimed that this consequently makes them more environmentally friendly.

However, according to an interesting new article published in the Guardian, this green image doesn’t quite stack up. In reality diesel engines are less clean fuel burners, resulting in a greater excess of soot, also known as particulates, found in exhaust fumes. These particulates happen to be one of the most serious air pollutants. Furthermore, particulates have a particularly nasty reputation for causing lung damage.

It was also recently reported by the Telegraph that diesel car owners should be warned that they may be facing higher costs, given increasing pressure from the European Union for Britain to cut its air pollution levels. Diesel models were originally hailed for the fact that they were thought to produce less carbon dioxide than petrol models. However, unfortunately, diesel cars also produce high levels of nitrogen dioxide, which according to DEFRA, has been linked to causing respiratory problems. The article quotes the president of the AA Edmund King as stating that “some drivers will feel betrayed and misled because they were encouraged to go for the dash for diesel. In the 1990s there was a near hysteria about carbon dioxide, and yet nobody looked at the bigger picture.”

However, despite these reports its important you don’t consider putting petrol in a diesel car; diesel engines are not designed for use with petrol and vice versa, and using the wrong fuel can cause serious damage to your car’s engine . However here at Wrong Fuel we understand that mistakes can and do happen, and we are on hand to help. If you ever find yourself in such a situation give us a call on 0800 634 9827 and one of our friendly team will be happy to assist you.