After 2018, BMW’s diesel-powered vehicles will be sent out to pasture in the United States.

The German luxury brand confirmed with Motor Authority that all oil burners will exit the market as the company focuses on plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). BMW spokesperson Alexander Schmuck told the publication, “we are putting all our eggs in the PHEV basket.” The brand later clarified a final decision hasn’t been made on whether the BMW X5 diesel variant will reach U.S. shores.

The company will monitor the market and tweak its product portfolio accordingly, which may leave one diesel-powered SUV on sale.

BMW confirmed the decision as it announced improvements for the 2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e plug-in hybrid. Schmuck said the plug-in SUV should return about 40 miles of electric range, which is up substantially over the current model’s 14-mile estimated electric range. The new model will also move from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine to a 3.0-liter inline-six engine. The new engine will make it easier for the brand to comply with California’s SULEV (super ultra-low emissions vehicle) clean-air standards.

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SULEV certification means the vehicle produces 90 percent fewer emissions than the average gasoline-powered vehicle.

The diesel announcement comes as many automakers begin to ditch oil-burning powertrains in the wake of Volkswagen’s 2015 scandal. Instead, nearly every automaker has opted to invest in electrification to meet fuel economy targets with a range of mild-hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery-electric models.

BMW plans to introduce 25 electrified cars by 2025 and 12 of the models will be purely electric.

[Source: Motor Authority]