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Will VW's Emissions Scandal Kill Diesels Off Forever?

Elon Musk believes so and he has a point.

We’re getting pretty tired of writing about Volkswagen’s diesel scandal. The automaker knowingly cheated to get customers to purchase its vehicles with the promise of excellent fuel economy with no known drawbacks. Unfortunately, that’s not what happened and now VW is going to have to pay. However, Tesla boss Elon Musk believes VW’s emissions scandal reveals the fact that automakers have reached the limits of conventional fuels. We didn’t expect the electric vehicle evangelist to stick up for gasoline vehicles, but he raises a good point.

When speaking in Belgium, Musk was asked if VW’s emissions scandal would cause consumers to lose their faith in green technology. “I think it’s the opposite,” stated Musk. “What the Volkswagen [….] is really showing is that we’ve reached the limit of what’s possible with diesel and gasoline. The time has come to move to a new generation of technology.” Musk didn’t come out and say it, but we all know that the technology he’s referring to is battery power. While we hope dinosaur-bone drinkers never go away, Tesla’s Model S P85D makes a really strong case for getting 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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