NEW YORK — The U.K. has emerged as a leading contender to join the gas station revolution, and it has made the transition from petrol to diesel even easier, thanks to a series of reforms to reduce the emissions of diesel cars and light trucks.
The European Union, the European Union’s largest trading partner, announced Thursday that it will eliminate the need for expensive fuel injectors on diesel engines starting in 2020.
The change will be rolled out nationwide, and all diesel cars will be equipped with catalytic converters to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides and other pollutants.
Diesel cars will still need fuel injector upgrades.
The changes are being welcomed by fuel industry executives and environmentalists who have long said that the European model is better for the environment than the U., which is currently using diesel and gasoline for most of its energy.
In Britain, the country’s largest oil producer, diesel cars account for more than a quarter of all cars and trucks sold in 2020, according to industry data.
But the U, which consumes about 90 percent of the world’s oil, has faced an increasingly difficult time in the face of rising fuel prices, which are expected to top $100 a barrel by 2025.
The fuel economy of some new diesel models has fallen to a record low.
Fuel costs are expected continue to climb as the price of crude oil continues to fall.
A series of European fuel efficiency standards for diesel vehicles have been in place since 2005, and many European states have been considering a similar system.
But the European Commission is working to implement a national fuel standard for all diesel vehicles, which would take effect in 2020 and would include a requirement that new cars be equipped to use a fuel that is less polluting than petrol.
Fuel efficiency in European diesel cars has been declining for decades, but a series, including the EU-wide average of 34.3 miles per gallon in 2025, has helped fuel-efficient vehicles reach new heights in the United States, where diesel is now the primary fuel used.
That is making diesel cars the best-selling vehicle type in the country.
Fuel-efficient models are on the rise in many other countries, too.
But diesel cars have had trouble gaining traction in China, which has a population of only 4.6 million.