A new generation of clean diesel cars, trucks, and SUVs offer consumers a new choice in fuel-efficient and low-emissions technology. Clean diesel is a proven technology that is quiet, fun to drive, and typically get 20 to 40 percent more MPG than a comparable gasoline engine.
California AT A GLANCE - VEHICLES
Total registered: 27,724,840
Diesel registered: 609,212
% of all Light-Duty Vehicles in State: 2.2%
National Average: 2.8%
2007 and Later Heavy-Duty Trucks: 209,098
Most diesel engines can run on high-quality biodiesel blends as well as next-generation renewable diesel fuels. Most diesel vehicles and equipment are compatible with biodiesel or renewable diesel fuel blends between five and 20 percent.
Biodiesel and renewable diesel are made with renewable resources, like soybean oil, animal fats, and recycled cooking oils. Thanks to advanced refining and fuel processing technologies, the next generation of renewable diesel fuels enhances the benefits of clean diesel technology.
Diesel technology is the workhorse of the U.S. and global economy, powering over 90% of commercial trucks, more than three-fourths of all transit buses, 100% of freight locomotives and marine work boats, and two-thirds of all farm and construction equipment.
Beginning with model year 2007, heavy-duty vehicles must meet near zero emissions for particulate matter, thanks to efficient engines, effective emission control technology and the nationwide availability of ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel.
Heavy-duty vehicles manufactured beginning in 2010 must the stricter clean diesel emissions standards that further reduce near-zero particulate matter and NOx emissions even closer to zero, thanks to further refinements to engine and emission control technologies and the nationwide availability of ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel.
Diesels are the driving force for almost all commercial water vessels and port operations. Ferries rely predominantly on diesel technology and are used for passenger and vehicle transportation as well as emergency response.
Diesel powers two-thirds of agriculture equipment, moves 90 percent of its product and pumps one-fifth of its water. Farm tractors, combines, irrigation pumps and other equipment are the workhorses in an industry vital to our national economy and quality of life.
Emergency backup electrical generators powered by diesel engines provide reliable, immediate and full strength electric power when there is a failure of the primary power supply system, minimizing losses from these events. 75 percent of U.S. small business owners rate a power outage as a top threat to their business, which reinforces the crucial role of diesel as a backup power source.
Diesel is the predominant power source for public transit, school, and intercity bus services nationwide. Beginning with model year 2007, transit buses must meet near zero emissions for particulate matter.
Diesel operates most of the heavy equipment used in construction, including building and repairing our homes, our offices, and America's roads and infrastructure. You'll also find that diesel technology is the primary engine technology used in the mining industry today.
R.L. Polk & Company, June 2013