In about 10 to 15 years, most automakers would have made the shift to electrification. As a result, the time of internal combustion engines appears to be nearing its end. With that, manufacturers are no longer seeing the need to develop them further. Hyundai was one of the first ones to do so last January. It was then followed by Audi who made a similar announcement last March. Joining them now is Renault.

Reuters reported that the French automaker will no longer invest in developing a new engine to fit its upcoming range of diesel vehicles. Instead, Renault will adapt the existing diesel powertrains into their last generation of diesel-powered vehicles. The announcement was told to shareholders of the company by none other than Renault CEO Luca de Meo.

No specifics were mentioned as to why Renault decided to drop their investment in a new diesel mill aside from cutting costs. But it’s likely also due to the more stringent emissions regulations. It also doesn’t sound logical and cost-efficient to develop a new engine just for their last generation of diesel-powered vehicles. Interestingly, there was no mention if Renault’s gasoline engines will no longer see further development either.

But wait, Renault is part of an alliance with Nissan and Mitsubishi. Does that mean the Japanese marques will no longer invest development of diesel motors as well? It’s possible, but it may not happen right away. While Nissan and Renault have co-developed diesel engines, these are mainly used in European models. They are different from the diesel mills used in vehicles such as the Navara, Terra, and NV350 Urvan.

With Renault joining the expanding list of automakers no longer developing internal combustion engines, it shows that the era of cleaner vehicles and electrification is fast approaching.