Diesel sales forecasted to fall due to fears over pollution
The diesel fuel saga is still rumbling on, and needless to say it is looking to affect the market in a big way. The growing concerns surrounding the environmental and health impacts that surround diesel fuels are fast becoming the number one topic of conversation in motoring circles, and according to a survey of more than 1000 motorists conducted by Autocar and Simpson Carpenter, more than half of all current diesel owners are planning to switch to another fuel type on their next car.
Diesel cars currently account for around four in 10 cars currently on the roads of the UK, but when surveyed motorists responded that less than one if four drivers intend to buy diesel again – massively in contrast to the support for battery EVs, with 17% stating that their next car will be a hybrid or electric vehicle.
These figures are supported by recent data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT), who saw a 20% reduction of diesel vehicle registrations in May 2017 year-on-year, amounting to just 81,489 diesels registered compared to 101,000 in the same month last year.
While the seemingly anti-diesel rhetoric which is occurring more and more these days may be raising a few eyebrows, the concerns are reflected in the projections. In the same survey, when asked their main reasons for not buying another diesel fuelled car, 73% of the respondents listed concerns over the higher levels of pollution/emissions, and 41% were worried about a diesel car’s potential resale value. It also appears that the reports around diesel fuel’s environmental impact are now influencing general public opinion, as now only 18% of those surveyed now think that petrol emits more CO2, which is scientifically proven to be false.
If this set of results are to be believed as a potential forecast for the industry, it could mean serious problems for the diesel market in the UK. A number of concerns across the board, not just environmental, are leading people towards wanting a change – and with numerous layers of government support for a diesel crackdown, could this spell the end for the fuel in the UK altogether?
Read the full results of the survey from Autocar and Simpson Carpenter here.