The share of diesel cars in the sale of new cars has fallen to less than one in ten. This is evident from sales figures from the car industry. Three years ago that was one in five.

New cars are mainly purchased by business customers and lease companies. "We have seen a dramatic decrease in the number of diesels ordered from us," says Dick Bakker from car leasing company Arval. "Last year almost a quarter of the newly ordered cars were still diesel, now that is less than 10 percent."

The decrease in the number of diesel cars at the leasing company – with a fleet of 44,000 cars – is fully compensated by orders for electric cars.

The trade association for car dealership BOVAG / Rai does not yet see the sharp increase in electric cars in the figures because the delivery time for electric cars has risen to six months.

Paul de Waal of BOVAG believes that diesels suffer from a bad image and that this is partly due to government measures. "Let's face it: it still makes a difference whether you pay an addition of 4 percent on a Tesla or of 22 percent on a diesel car."

Diesel cars emit less CO2 than petrol cars. Partly for this reason, the diesel engine does not belong in the museum, according to the car industry.

De Waal: "The car industry in Europe must achieve ever-sharper CO2 targets through the fuel mix of their production. Otherwise, they will get hefty fines. They will never achieve those CO2 targets with electric cars, they don't have the capacity for that. I think so that we are not rid of the diesel yet. " Diesel does, however, emit more NOx (nitrogen oxides) than petrol.

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