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Why Diesel Will Remain Relevant After the VW Scandal

The Volkswagen scandal has opened the discussion about the effectiveness and efficiency of diesel fuel. This particular case has shown the world that when used in the wrong manner, diesel may not be a viable alternative fuel. However, this ordeal has also shown that emissions standard testing will become tougher to ensure that the right diesel fuel will improve fuel efficiency.

When looking at the situation as a whole, it’s difficult to determine the future of diesel. However, there are many parameters that need to be discussed that show why diesel will remain relevant after the VW scandal. Read on to learn more.

Pursuit of Environmentally Friendly Fuel

The pursuit of environmentally friendly fuel is something that will never go away. The issue with VW will only further research and development into successful ways that diesel can be implemented in everyday cars and vehicles.

Taking mistakes and using them to move forward is the basis of inventions and advancements. Once a clear-cut effective model of clean diesel is implemented, tested, and proven to work, diesel technicians will start to see the alternative fuel model more and more.

Various Diesel Operations

While for most drivers, diesel is viewed as an alternative engine, many forms of machinery use it as the standard. Diesel-fueled engines are common in heavy pieces of machinery. Many trucks and buses rely on its power and completely disregard the environmental output. Heavy-duty engines and complex hydraulic systems require big diesel engines, and the latest on diesel emissions from VW won’t change that fact.

Along with the buses and trucks on our road, agricultural and construction equipment tend to rely on diesel engines as well. The diesel landscape goes far beyond just that of environmentally efficient automobiles and even into our oceans, as marine vessels may run on diesel as well.

Job Outlook

Because diesel will still be a relevant fuel for certain engines, skilled technicians will be in demand for when operators encounter problems with the machinery. Whether it’s a truck, bus, tractor, or boat, there are opportunities for individuals with the proper training and qualifications. These include injection pump rebuilders, power generator technicians, heavy equipment technicians, diesel technicians, and agricultural equipment technicians, all of which are positions that won’t be affected by the recent VW diesel scandal. The job outlook will remain strong for passionate individuals with the right education and training.

If you’re interested in new forms of engine and fuel technology such as diesel, don’t let this recent VW situation scare you about the future. Many aspects of diesel prove that the career outlook is strong and that the fuel will continue to be used and relevant for various pieces of interesting, innovative, and necessary equipment besides only for efficiency in commuter vehicles.

If you’re interested in the diesel industry, Automotive Training Center’s Automotive and Diesel Technology program can prepare you with the career training you need. You can learn more about the future of diesel by downloading our free eBook Everything You Wanted to Know About Diesel (But Were Afraid to Ask).


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