Hyundai, India's second largest automaker has decided to remove all diesel engines from its lineup as it moves on to developing new electric and hybrid powertrains. Full story below.
Korean auto giant Hyundai has decided to remove diesel engines from its vehicles. The manufacturer has also decided to stop developing the next generation of diesel engines, effectively implying the demise of diesel engines from Hyundai vehicles. The current lineup of diesel engines will be used until the end of their life cycle, which means it’ll live on for another 3-5 years after which they’ll give way to hybrid or electric powertrains. Hyundai intends to produce 23 fully electric vehicles by 2025 and aims to grab 8-10% of the global electric vehicle market share.
Euro 7 emission norms are going to kick in sometime in 2025, and it is expected to be the final death knell for diesel engines in Hyundai’s line up. Hyundai is not developing the current crop of diesel engines anymore for Europe which is one of the biggest markets in the planet for diesels. It is very unlikely for the automaker to continue developing diesel engines for a much smaller market like India. India will also have to bid adieu to Hyundai diesels sometime in 2025 as stricter emissions will be enforced in India as well.
Currently, Hyundai and its sister brand Kia, offer diesel engines in most of their vehicles and are sorts of outliers. Market leader Maruti Suzuki has discontinued diesel engines from its line-up entirely and is currently focusing on petrol and hybrid vehicles. In contrast, Hyundai offers diesel engines in the Grand i10 NIOS, the Aura, the Verna, the Venue, the Creta and the Tucson. Kia also offers diesel engines in all its cars - the Sonet, Seltos and Carnival are sold here.
Hyundai is not alone in dumping diesel engines in favour of other forms of powertrains, mainly electric. Volkswagen has gone a step further, by 2026 the German auto giant will stop developing all forms of internal combustion engines and will focus on other forms of propulsion instead. Volvo was one of the first major automakers to sign its intent of leaving diesels while Fiat Chrysler is planning to phase out diesels in the near future. Toyota is also another major automaker which is putting its development hours into hybrid and electric powertrains. This signals the end of the diesel after close to 30 years of an upward trajectory.
Hybrid vehicles and full EVs are likely to be the next wave of automotive growth and will serve as a halfway house between internal combustion and fuel cell vehicles. Toyota, Honda, and Hyundai are currently the foremost developers in fuel-cell vehicles, which use hydrogen as fuel for its batteries. However, hydrogen is a highly combustible fuel and challenges such as safe storage of hydrogen and a nearly non-existent hydrogen dispensing network need to be solved before fuel cell-powered vehicles can replace electric ones.