Transportation & Fuel Source Technology
Clean Diesel Ready to Help Meet the '20 in 10' Goals for the U.S.
Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum, issued the following
statement in response to President Bush's speech this afternoon discussing
his energy plan.
"In January, President Bush called on Americans during his State of the
Union speech to 'expand the use of clean diesel vehicles' as part of his
new energy plan to cut gasoline consumption by 20 percent over the next
decade. America's diesel industry is ready to respond and add to the
estimated 4.8 million diesel cars, pickups and SUVs already on the road
today. Numerous manufacturers, including Dodge, General Motors, Ford, BMW
Group, Mercedes, Jeep, Audi, Volkswagen, Honda, Nissan, Hyundai and
Mitsubishi, are planning to introduce new clean diesel vehicles in the next
two to three years, as technological innovation promising slashed emissions
meets consumer demand for fuel economy and high performance.
"Diesel cars, trucks and SUVs deliver superior fuel economy --
typically 20% to 40% better than a comparable gasoline vehicle -- without
requiring drivers to sacrifice the power and performance Americans demand.
Currently, diesel fuel is on average 26 cents cheaper per gallon than
regular gasoline -- a national average of $2.79 for diesel compared to
$3.05 for gasoline -- according to the Energy Information Administration.
And today's diesel vehicles are clean, quiet and fun-to-drive.
"Greater use of diesel technology would help the U.S. reduce petroleum
consumption, improve energy security and decrease greenhouse gas emissions.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that America could save
up to 1.4 million barrels of oil per day -- an amount equivalent to the oil
we currently import from Saudi Arabia -- if one-third of U.S. cars, pickup
trucks and SUVs were diesel-powered.
"More Americans are discovering clean diesel as an alternative fuel
option. Annual registration of diesel passenger vehicles has grown by 80%
-- from just over 300,000 in 2000 to nearly 550,000 in 2005. And most
analysts expect this trend to continue. Researchers at J.D. Power and
Associates predict that diesel sales will triple in the next 10 years,
growing to more than 10% of U.S. vehicles sales by 2015 up from 3.6% in
"Congress should consider extending financial incentives that encourage
the purchase of new clean technologies, including new clean diesel cars,
pickups and SUVs. Diesel manufacturers are also eager to continue working
with the renewable diesel fuel industry to assure the highest quality
standards and performance of biodiesel blends."
The Diesel Technology Forum
is a non-profit organization dedicated to
raising awareness about the economic importance and environmental progress
of diesel engines and equipment. Forum members represent the three parts of
the modern clean diesel system: advanced engines, cleaner diesel fuel and
effective emissions control systems.
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