And so we thought Volkswagen’s #Dieselgate emissions scandal was the worst of it. It’s now been exposed that all of Mercedes Benz Bluetech Diesel engines are up to 65 times dirtier at the tailpipe then Mercedes-Benz claimed. Now listen, Volkswagen’s Diesel sales in the United States are nothing compared to the amount of Mercedes Diesel sales. Everywhere you look, especially in major metropolitan cities there is a Mercedes Sprinter cargo van for businesses. These vehicles only come equipped with Bluetech Diesels. And of course most of their passenger cars and utility vehicles sold in the US have variations of their blue tech Diesel engines, either as a 2.1 liter 4 cylinders or 3.0 liter V6’s. And lastly, more than half of the B, B+ and C class motorhomes in the USA are built on Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Diesel chassis. If the Volkswagen scandal didn’t ruin diesel’s future in America, having the world’s most notorious luxury brand’s Diesel scandal will do it. I’ll be the first to say it – this shouldn’t be called #DieselGate, as it stands now, it should be called #DieselEnginesAreDirtierByNature. Period.
This sucks for us diesel enthusiasts. But it sucks even more for the environment and the unfathomable amount of pollutants that have been spewing and put into our atmosphere in the last 7+ years. And still doing so. And the biggest suck of all- The tens of millions of people that have been innocently and unknowingly breathing in these pollutants against their will.
I am a second time Volkswagen Diesel owner, as you know, currently driving a #DieselGate vehicle. I’m also a tree-hugger. #ImagineHowIFeel
Looks like I’m going to have to consider parking my #DieselGate vehicle for good (I have kept it parked more than 90% of the time, taking my bicycle or using #Lyft as much as possible since this whole thing began) and spend more of my hard-earned cash on a motorcycle or a clean car.