The days of the diesel passenger car are certainly numbered. How about for trucks though? Diesel is still used in large numbers in the three-quarter and one-ton truck segments. And for commercial trucks larger than that, it’s all but a certainty. Still, times are changing. Batteries are becoming more efficient and electric motors deliver instant torque in huge numbers. Are the days of the diesel truck now numbered?
I’m not saying I expect to see an overnight switch to electric trucks. I do think that automakers could be working on hybrid gas-electric trucks, however, which could deliver the numbers that truck owners demand. Smaller displacement gasoline-drinking engines paired with powerful battery/motor combos could be a positive solution for those that routinely tow and haul.
There are areas of Europe looking to ban diesel-powered vehicles from major urban areas. Diesel is nearly dead on the car side of things, despite some recent new arrivals (Mazda CX-5, Jeep Wrangler). Perhaps full-size trucks won’t be far behind this trend. I’m sure this is akin to sacrilege for some truck lovers. But it’s certainly a question worth pondering.
Is the diesel truck going to die off in the not-too-distant future?