Let’s say that Dieselgate never happened. In that world of folks still happily snapping up oil burners, do you think the diesel hybrid would’ve landed here in the States? It almost seems like a no-brainer to pair the torquey punch and strong range of a diesel engine with even more torque and range that could be had when paired with batteries and electric motors.
But the flip side here is that we may not have seen automakers pushing so hard to develop the motors and battery packs. So it’s a bit of a double-edged sword now. Dieselgate coupled with Tesla’s rise and hand-forcing legacy automakers into the EV space has both accelerated the electric vehicle timetable.
So would the diesel hybrid ever found favor or been a consideration at all? Would it wind up one of those weird European-only models of a standard vehicle that gets that forbidden fruit tag for enthusiasts in North America?
What do you think… could diesel hybrids have worked?