The Future of Diesel

Shell TapUp, February 2020

  • Group Future of diesel
  • Group Sustainable diesel cars
  • Group Electrification

Many of the vehicles in your fleet are probably currently still running on diesel. But in order to achieve the climate goals for the coming years, mobility must be cleaner and smarter. The transition to more sustainable fuels is an important part of this. Diesel will make way for cleaner alternatives in the coming years. Both fuel suppliers and OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) are working hard to enable the use of future fuels such as hydrogen. But what exactly does that future look like.

Sustainable diesel cars

With sustainable cars, you may quickly think of electric vehicles. However, this requires a large investment and presents problems such as the range of the vehicle. Fortunately, you can also take steps in the energy transition with your current diesel cars. For example, the innovative fuel Shell GTL Fuel (gas-to-liquid) is a drop-in diesel replacement. This means that it is easy to use in an existing fleet of new and older heavy diesel engines. This fuel burns cleaner than conventional diesel and therefore produces fewer local emissions and less visible black smoke.

Another alternative is HVO fuel (hydrotreated-vegetable-oil). This fuel can also be used immediately with your current fleet and can provide a CO2 emission reduction of up to 89%. However, in order to use this fuel, engines must be recertified according to the emission requirements of the factories. Often the latest generation of on-road Euro 5 models and now increasingly the Euro 6 engines are approved. Euro 4 models and below have no additional emission-reducing systems and are therefore generally not approved for HVO. 

The future is electric

Fuels such as GTL and HVO are solutions that can already be used today. In the future, electrification of fleets will play the leading role in the energy transition. Electric vehicles have zero emissions and therefore fit in well with the transition to zero emissions. For example, Shell is investigating electric mobility, both hydrogen-electric and battery-electric. And they are starting to build a network of hydrogen stations. Work is also being carried out on a network of fast charging points so that electric driving is becoming increasingly easier.

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