4th November 2019

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Is a diesel car better for the environment?

Indeed, diesel engines can emit a fair amount of nitrogen compounds and particulate matter as they burn diesel fuel. These facts combined to give diesel fuel a bad environmental name, even though it in fact emits lower amounts of carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and carbon dioxide than does gasoline.

Do diesel engines pollute more than gasoline?

Overall, diesel cars emit less hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and lead pollution than petrol cars, but produce more noxious gases and significantly more particulates. Despite much debate over which car, petrol or diesel, is cleaner, weighing up the advantages and disadvantages is not easy.
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