Hybrids will suffer due to Volkswagen Group's diesel emissions scandal, former Fiat engineer says

Hybrids will suffer due to Volkswagen Group's diesel emissions scandal, former F

Rinaldo Rinolfi, former Fiat engineer and one of the Europe's pre-eminent powertrain experts, said that full hybrids and plug-in hybrids are going to suffer most as a result of diesel emissions scandal of the Volkswagen Group.

68-year-old Rinolfi said that that the initiative in the direction of real-world emissions tests, which has grown by the use of a defeat device by VW to mislead testers, will display that plug-in hybrids aren’t as successful on the road when compared to quite low carbon dioxide results they have got under existing guidelines of Europe.

It is not the first time that Rinolfi, who is considered as the father of the common-rail diesel, has discussed a bold prediction with Automotive News Europe.

When Rinolfi was the head of Fiat powertrain in 2005, he said that the shift in the Euro 6 emission standards, which become effective previous year, would bring the reign of the diesel engine to an end, becoming most popular powertrain in Europe. Last month, Automotive News Europe Editor Luca Ciferri had a meeting with Rinolfi.

During the meeting, the editor came up with following questions.

The editor asked Rinolfi that in 2005, he predicted that by the year 2014 gasoline engines would bring the diesel's reign to an end by being Europe's most admired powertrain for latest cars. He said that it seems like the change will take place this year, and asked Rinolfi to estimate how low the market share for diesel will go?

While responding to the question, Rinolfi said that he was happy that he was able to envisage the correct trajectory long time back. He added that he won’t change his long-term view and mentioned that by 2020 the diesel will stabilize at roughly 40% of the European market.


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