Because diesel engines are the most efficient internal combustion engine in the world, they provide power for an incredibly wide range of applications. A vehicle powered by a diesel engine can do more useful work per unit of energy consumed than vehicles that are powered by gasoline or alternative fuels such as natural gas.
Look around. Chances are you will see diesel technology at work every day across many sectors of the American landscape.
Cars,Trucks & SUVs
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
Delivering for America
Diesel moves approximately 90 percent of the nation's freight tonnage, and today nearly all highway freight trucks, locomotives and commercial marine vessels are powered by diesel engines.
Rail transportation is vital to the U.S. economy. Trains haul roughly one-third of the freight in the U.S. and commuters in cities across the country rely on America’s railroads every day.
Farming, Mining & Construction
Diesel power provides two-thirds of the energy for machinery on America's farms. Diesel also powers most of the heavy equipment used in construction.
The popularity and availability of clean diesel continues to grow. Find diesel fuel at your local gas station using these resources.
Port & Marine
Some of the largest diesel engines made are used at America’s ports. Roughly 2,000 establishments are engaged in deep water, coastal and inland water transportation – employing 73,000 individuals with a payroll of $2.8 billion.
During power outages, emergency backup electrical generators powered by diesel engines provide reliable, immediate and full strength electric power.
Public Health & Safety
From powering the generators that give hospitals electricity within 10 seconds of a blackout to fueling military and disaster-relief vehicles, diesel is a key player in protecting our public health and safety.
Because of its safety, reliability and efficiency, diesel is the predominant power source for public transit, school and intercity bus services nationwide.