Sales of diesel-powered vehicles are expected to fall to just 5 per cent of all car sales in the EU by 2030, according to a new study.
Concerns about air quality and emissions standards have already had an impact on sales figures, and consulting firm AlixPartners said the decline will get even faster as the years go by.
Diesel's share of the European market has already fallen from 52 per cent to 45 per cent between 2015 and 2017, according to AlixPartners.
Locally, The Malta Business Observer reported last week that in 2017, diesel vehicles represented 37.25 per cent of total deliveries, indicating a decrease of 5.51 per cent from 2015.
However, the shift away from diesel may make it even harder for the EU to meet CO2 emissions targets, it added, saying that while diesel fuel contains slightly more carbon, overall CO2 emissions of the average diesel car are lower.
AlixPartners said carmakers were "facing a technology choice", with electric and hybrid vehicles "the only answer" to the challenge of reducing emissions.
Meanwhile, the Ministry for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects in Malta has issued a tender to commission consultancy services, with the aim of arriving at a cut-off date for the importation and registration all internal combustion engine-powered (ICE) vehicles in Malta – but this date is expected to be a long way away, especially for commercial vehicles.
“As far as commercial vehicles are concerned, it is not expected that the use of such vehicles will be limited any time soon,” the Ministry told The Malta Business Observer.