What is diesel?

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The diesel engine was named after its inventor, Rudolf Diesel, a 19th-century german engineer. The industrial revolution was in full swing in Europe and engineers were working on improving engines. In 1900, after several years of research, Rudolf presented his invention at the universal exposition and was awarded the Grand Prix.

The diesel engine was born! 

From World War II onwards, this engine contributed to the development of automotive transport. Because diesel cars could do more kilometers with less fuel. The fuel they use is diesel, which comes from refining crude oil. Diesel is cheaper than petrol or gas, but pollutes more: it emits fine particles into the atmosphere. It’s dangerous for people’s health and can cause allergies, bronchitis, asthma and even… cancer! What’s more, some carmakers have falsified the ecological performances of their diesel cars. In reality, these cars exceed the authorized pollution norms! Today, in big cities, there are more and more pollution peaks and diesel is often singled out. That’s why countries are asking drivers to use less diesel and are going to impose a pollution sticker. Carmakers must develop electric or hybrid cars so we can carry on driving. It’s the future!

Producteur : Milan Presse, France Télévisions

Auteur : Jacques Azam

Production : 2018

Publié le - Mis à jour le 20-03-2019