Light-duty diesel cars, trucks and SUVs can achieve 20-40% improvement in fuel economy and 10-20% reduced emissions compared to similar gas-powered vehicles
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Benefits of Light-Duty Diesel
The fleet of light-duty diesel cars, trucks and SUVs typically achieves 20-40 percent improvement in fuel economy and 10-20 percent reduction in emissions when compared to a similar gasoline powered vehicle (www.fueleconomy.gov). Automakers are introducing more diesel-powered models every year and consumers are warming up to the efficiency and unique characteristics of the powertrain. In fact, many drivers report fuel economy benefits that consistently rival a hybrid. As diesels grow in popularity, consensus forecasts predict that diesel cars, pickups and SUVs will comprise about seven percent of the market by 2020 or just over one million diesel-powered cars and trucks on the road. Some estimates even put diesel's share of the market at 18 percent by 2023.
The benefits of the growth in the light-duty diesel market are real. The number of diesels on the road since 2005 reduced emissions by 7.6M tonnes of CO2 and saved 29 million barrels of crude oil. This is equivalent to reducing consumption of gasoline by 1.2 billion gallons or removing 1.6 million vehicles from the road for a year. The growth in the diesel market is expected to reduce a further 7.7 million tons and save another 31 million barrels of crude oil. Clearly the growing popularity of diesel will go a long way to promote energy independence and security.
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Diesel engines were originally invented to run on vegetable oils. Today, most diesel engines can run on high-quality blends of biodiesel with little modification as well as next-generation, drop-in renewable diesel fuels which offer even further benefits. This flexibility of the diesel platform can accelerate the introduction of these renewable diesel fuels across the economy.
Diesel technology's future value is further is enhanced by its suitability for hybrid applications and its readiness to use a diverse range of first and second generation renewable and biodiesel fuels.
Diesel drivers have the option to fill up with blends of biodiesel at the pump. Most new and existing diesel vehicles and equipment are compatible with lower level biodiesel or renewable diesel fuel blends-between five percent and 20 percent depending on manufacturer warranties. Twenty-three automotive and diesel equipment manufacturers have released biodiesel fuel blend standards according to the National Biodiesel Board.
When powered with a blend of five percent biodiesel, or B5, the anticipated growth in the light-duty car fleet will save a further 200 million gallons of gasoline and reduce CO2 emissions by a further 150,000 tonnes by 2023.