The Future of Diesel

Shell TapUp, October 2020

  • Group Future of diesel
  • Group Sustainable diesel cars
  • Group GTL Fuel

Many of the vehicles in your fleet are probably still running on diesel. To achieve climate goals for the coming years, mobility must become 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 the 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 already take a step in the energy transition by switching to alternative fuels, such as Shell GTL Fuel or HVO. Shell GTL Fuel (gas-to-liquid) is a drop-in fuel that can be used in existing diesel engines without the need for modifications, new infrastructure or vehicle investment. This means that it is easy to use in an existing fleet of heavy diesel engines. This fuel burns cleaner than conventional diesel and therefore produces fewer local emissions and less visible black smoke.

Technical Feature Shell GTL Fuel

Another alternative fuel is HVO fuel (hydrotreated-vegetable-oil). This fuel can also be used for in diesel engines and can provide a CO2 emission reduction of up to 89%. However, to use this fuel, engines must be recertified according to the emission requirements of the factories. Most On-Road Euro 5 models and Euro 6 engines are approved. Euro 4 models have no additional emission-reduction systems and are therefore generally not approved for HVO. 

The future is electric

Fuels such as Shell GTL and HVO are solutions that can already be used today. In the future, electrification of fleets will play a leading role in the energy transition. Electric vehicles produce zero direct emissions and therefore play an important part of meeting goals on climate change. 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.

A cleaner fleet starts today! Read here how Shell TapUp is your partner in the energy transition.