Washington, D.C. – California, Texas and Florida lead the U.S. with the most registrations of fuel-efficient clean diesel and hybrid passenger vehicles according to a new analysis and data released today by the Diesel Technology Forum. The analysis is based on data that includes the registration statistics of all passenger vehicles – cars, SUVS, pickup trucks and vans – that were compiled by R.L. Polk and Company in all 50 states and the District of Columbia through December 31, 2013.
According to a press release from Diesel Technology Forum, U.S. sales of diesel vehicles have been on the rise for a long time now. Just this year alone, diesel sales are up 25 percent, whereas the entire car market has risen just four percent. In the last 47 months, this country has seen 43 months of increasing diesel sales, 31 of those months having double-digit gains. It seems we finally received the memo pointing out that diesels can be good cars. Are you a little behind the times when it comes to diesel? Don’t worry; we’ll give you the reasons why the U.S. is finally on the oil-burning bandwagon.
The cost of on-highway diesel has fallen for the fourth straight week, hitting its lowest level since last November, according to the U.S. Energy Department. The average price has fallen 1.1 cent over the past week and is down 6.2 cents since the last increase on June 30, hitting $3.858 per gallon.
“The diesel industry is extremely disappointed that a small segment of diesel pick-up truck owners have chosen to tamper with the emissions and engine control systems to over-fuel the engine so as to deliberately produce black smoke emissions. For the last decade, the industry has invested billions of dollars to produce diesel engines that today are near-zero in emissions. That’s why they’re called clean diesel,” said Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum, a non-profit educational group.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. clean diesel car sales have increased 25 percent during the first six months of 2014 while the overall U.S. car market has increased by 4.2 percent, according to data compiled by Hybrid Cars.com and Baum and Associates. The 2014 clean diesel sales total includes six months of consecutive sales increases, including double digit increases in March (+ 39.5%), April (+ 60.4%) and May (+26.8%). June 2014 was the 43rd monthly increase in clean diesel sales in the past 47 months, with 31 of those months registering double-digit increases.