Volkswagen has quite literally been forced to give up its diesel crown. It’s pretty dirty, after all. In the process, the German automaker will shift its focus to electrifying its lineup with plug-ins and dedicated electric vehicles.
Christian Segner, the boss of Volkswagen’s EV project, told The Drive “huge progress” has been made regarding cost cutting for its affordable electric vehicle. VW wants to have its first battery electric vehicle ready for 2020. By then, who knows what GM will have accomplished with the 2017 Bolt EV via similar breakthroughs in battery tech.
In the meantime, Chevrolet continues to court diesel lovers onto its side. The 2017 Cruze diesel will be the first major push, which will arrive in both sedan and hatchback form and offer 52 MPG. Then, the 2018 Equinox will see an identical powertrain arrive later this year. The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse hasn’t been ruled out for diesel power, either, according to a previous report. The market will dictate that one.
While diesel isn’t necessarily the cleanest option, somebody has to pick up where Volkswagen left off. Chevrolet and GM as a whole may be poised to do just that.