Petrol vs diesel in South Africa - SA is Lagging Behind in terms of Mindset Change
Thirty-seven percent of South African motorists say they will still choose diesel vehicles over petrol vehicles even though recent studies show up to 38,000 people die prematurely as a result of diesel engines exceeding their stated emissions standards. This is one of the findings in a recent survey by the Automobile Association (AA).
According to the data, 56% of respondents say they prefer diesel over petrol engines, with only four percent say knowing of the deaths related to exceeding emissions standards will change their minds.
“South African motorists must, however, begin to realise diesel engines may be on their way out. Internationally carmakers are being forced to adhere to stringent emissions standard or face hefty fines.
“While the results of our survey still indicate a diesel favourability, we would urge motorists to carefully consider their options when buying new or used diesel vehicles. If European car makers begin reducing production of these cars, the effects will be felt on after-sales servicing, and parts.
“Local motorists can no longer ignore these signs which are coming through strongly from the European market,” the association said.
The ironic thing is that Eskom in South Africa is suffering from an excess of electricity supply and dwindling electricity sales. Boosting the local electric car market would help boost electricity usage, not to mention cleaner air, less noise pollution, and lower operating costs for motorists.
South Africa's environment laws with regards to air pollution seem to be lagging behind too (?), as there was no drama at all in SA with regards to the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal....
|Petrol vs diesel in South Africa
Thirty-seven percent of South African motorists say they will still choose diesel vehicles over petrol vehicles even though recent studies show up to 38,000 people die prematurely as a result of diesel engines exceeding their stated emissions standards.