Bosch Announces Better Diesel Engine: Sorry Germany, Diesel is Dead

Bosch announces a diesel engine with fewer emissions but it's too little, too late.

Bosch promises that the gains are for real, and there will be no shenanigans this time around.

This new technology promises to slash nitrogen oxide emissions, which are responsible for smog in congested areas, to one-tenth of the European legal limit set to take effect in 2020.

After the Dieselgate scandal, it seemed that diesel was on its way out as a fuel in Europe. Last year, demand for new diesel cars fell by 17.1 percent in the U.K., and sales in Germany have fallen by 19.5 percent. Some major cities are preparing to ban diesel altogether as early as 2025.

One More Chance Baby

Eurointelligence Comments

This story reminds us of the German company that developed the last generation of analogue telephone exchanges in the 1990s, hoping to fight off the relentless advance of the digital technology. It was mature and stable. And probably with some technical advantages over the then still-not-fully-developed digital technologies. But it came too late.

We find it hard to believe that this technology can be introduced early enough and in sufficient quantities to prevent diesel bans in German and other European cities. And the latter is the reason for the acute sales crisis of diesel cars, which has turned into a self-fulfilling prophecy. At a time when the US and China are developing electrical smart cars, the fate of the ultimate diesel engine looks to be the same as that of the world’s best analogue telephone exchange.

Headlines Tell the Story

These headlines tell the story, and it rates to escalate, no matter how good the new engine may be.

Diesel is Dead

Sorry Bosh, diesel is dead. Upgrading diesel technology is mostly a waste of time and money even if Bosh is telling the truth this time.

The future is electric. Germany still wants to look backward.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

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Jojo
Jojo

Agreed. Diesel can be used to generate the electricity to [re]charge the batteries.

Greggg
Greggg

I worked in the industry for 35 years. Boush was considered one of the worst suppliers for the auto industry.... them and Lucas-Methode. The problem with the whole industry is that safety/emissions testing and verification is self compliant. When you pile a bunch of capital into developing a product for a marketable price range and things don't work out like you'd like them to, the corporate pressure to cheat is enormous. Honda got away with all kinds of MVSS problems for years and the indications are that there was graft at the DOT, The system is wide open for bribery.

Wagner-
Wagner-

Bosch also invests its R&D into EVs (not sure how much percentage wise):

caradoc-again
caradoc-again

Problem trusting any German or EU company now. The degree of corporate capture is massive. Rules can be bent and foreign governments have to police as the Germans and EU obviously will not. Dieselgate the example. Watch out for Bayer/Monsanto. Test everything in the US.

hmk
hmk

Electric is not the way as of now. There is no business case for it. Please do the math before you keep repeating it.