Diesel is not dead- BMW sees ‘clean’ diesel in its future vehicle manufacturing

BMW Group UK’s i and i Performance national corporate sales manager, Hannah Bishop, has said that the car manufacturer continues to see clean diesel as an important part of its vehicle mix, despite the Government’s commitment to phasing out the sale of new diesel and petrol vehicles by 2040.

Speaking at edie and Utility Week’s recent Accelerate event Bishop told senior stakeholders from the energy and automotive sectors that BMW would be “keeping diesel” while ensuring that it has at least 25 electrified models by 2025.

“We do not think that diesel is dead; we are cleaning diesel and still see it as an important part of our whole vehicle line,” she said. “To not address that and to say everything will be electric would be naïve.”

Bishop added that BMW has committed to ensuring that all its petrol and diesel cars have CO2 emissions under 120g/km by 2025, meaning they will be classed as “low-emission” vehicles.

Diesels generally produce less CO2 than petrol cars and helps manufacturers to meet emissions reduction targets, but diesel vehicles are now responsible for almost 40% of all NO2 emissions in the UK’s major cities.

BMW diesel engines have the lowest nitrogen oxide emissions of all European automakers, according to a report from the Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club (ADAC).

BMW’s management board member Ian Robertson echoed Bishop’s claims by suggesting that the UK needs “a mix of technologies to achieve a carbon-reduction result”.

“Ultimately, I do still think that hybrid vehicles will have a role to play in a low-emission environment,” he added. “The price point resulting from a battery-only car takes the affordability of a vehicle outside of what some customers could aspire to.”