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.
In the midst of the strongest market for commercial trucks in eight years, North American sales of natural-gas-powered haulers are just crawling along. Higher purchase prices compared with diesel trucks, improved diesel fuel economy and continued scarcity of fueling stations are damping natural-gas-powered truck demand. (Subscription required)
Euro 6 is a European Union regulation that sets emission standards for vehicles. “Euro 6 will make diesel cars as clean as gasoline cars,” says Dr. Rolf Bulander, the member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH responsible for powertrain technology. The main thrust of the new regulation is to set lower limits for vehicle emissions of particulates and nitrogen oxides.
Even before its final stop at the schoolyard, the school bus – and the clean diesel engine that powers most buses today – offers some important and real-world valuable lessons. From mathematics, science and chemistry to economics, it’s a whole new world of high-tech clean diesel technology making today’s buses better and safer than ever.
So even a five percent blend of biodiesel delivers real results. Last year's record biodiesel production, for example, reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 17.2 million metric tons in 2014 - the equivalent of removing 3.6 million vehicles from our roads!