Will VW's Emissions Scandal Kill Diesels Off Forever?

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Elon Musk believes so and he has a point.

We’re gettingpretty tired of writing about Volkswagen’s diesel scandal. The automaker knowinglycheated to get customers to purchase its vehicles with the promise of excellentfuel economy with no known drawbacks. Unfortunately, that’s not what happenedand now VW is going to have to pay. However, Tesla boss ElonMusk believes VW’s emissions scandal reveals the fact that automakers havereached the limits of conventional fuels. We didn’t expect the electric vehicleevangelist to stick up for gasoline vehicles, but he raises a good point.

When speaking inBelgium, Musk was asked if VW’s emissions scandal would cause consumers to losetheir faith in green technology. “I think it’s the opposite,” stated Musk. “Whatthe Volkswagen [….] is really showing is that we’ve reached the limit of what’spossible with diesel and gasoline. The time has come to move to a newgeneration of technology.” Musk didn’t come out and say it, but we all knowthat the technology he’s referring to is battery power. While we hope dinosaur-bonedrinkers never go away, Tesla’s Model S P85D makes a really strong case forgetting rid of diesels for good. So has this whole emissions scandal proved that it's time for electric vehicles to shine?

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