It’s been the lifeblood of propulsion in Australia since carburettors went out of fashion, powering everything from tow rigs to big rigs, and even little commuters these days.
But diesel has a problem: It’s dirty. A lot of crap comes out of the exhaust. While Exhaust Gas Recirculation, Diesel Particulate Filters, and Selective Catalytic Reduction all lower the NOx, or nitrogen oxide levels, those laws are also forever tightening…
Roy Morgan released a report recently saying that although diesel engines are still a huge part of the landscape, interest has declined more than 50 percent since 2016. People are starting to ‘consider’ alternatively fuelled vehicles, like electrics, hybrids and LPG-powered vehicles.
The tyranny of distance is more prevalent in Australia than probably anywhere in the world. We’ve got some pretty crappy roads and tough conditions to contend with; all things that will slow down the uptake of electric and hybrid vehicles. And when you consider towing, modification and remote-area travel, the chips really start to stack up against this new technology suiting our unique conditions and needs.