February 17, 2012 | Diesel Technology Forum
Diesel Technology Forum Hosted Energy Policy Summit Keynote Luncheon for National Conference of State Legislatures - August 8th in San Antonio. Read the DTF press release.
Monday, August 8, 2011
State Legislators See and Hear about Clean Diesel’s Contribution to Greener Transportation
Allen Schaeffer, Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum, addressed more than 100 state legislators on diesel’s contribution to cleaner transportation at the National Conference of State Legislatures’ 2011 Energy Policy Summit in San Antonio. The presentation was given as part of a sponsored luncheon amidst a diverse display of clean diesel vehicles ranging from cars and pickup trucks to a motor grader and a diesel hybrid school bus.
Underpinning diesel’s advantages is its inherent superior energy density compared to other fuels such as gasoline, natural gas and renewable fuels. Schaeffer noted that this, together with diesel’s low emissions, durability, efficiency and availability, meant that clean diesel would play a strong role in establishing a sustainable energy future. He added that the growing use of hybrid technologies and renewable diesel fuels in concert with diesel engines would enable significant savings in petroleum consumption and CO2 emissions.
With a new Ram 3500 Laramie pickup truck beside him, Schaeffer showed how the purchase of heavy-duty diesel pickup trucks sold from 2003-2007 would save 37 times more CO2 emissions and 25 times more fuel than would be saved by the number of Prius purchases during these same four years. He noted that there was no one silver bullet, but rather several silver technology pellets that would all contribute to the realization of a greener transportation future; however the lack of available alternatives, particularly in the construction, locomotive and marine sectors, would mean that clean diesel technology would be part of our transportation system for the foreseeable future.
Wednesday, August 10
Clean Diesel Delivers Lunch to State Legislators
The Diesel Technology Forum hosted a Texas barbecue lunch for state legislators in the shadow of several clean diesel vehicles during the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Annual Legislative Summit in San Antonio, TX . More than 3.000 attendees were on hand to see the vehicles and learn about the changes in diesel technology.
Legislators, legislatives staff and their guests were treated to a variety of clean diesel technology including a Thomas Built Buses Diesel-Electric Hybrid School Bus; a Caterpillar Motor Grader; a Peterbilt truck with a Cummins 2010 ISX15 engine; a Deere Gator 4x4 Diesel; a Volkswagen Jetta TDI and the newest heavy-duty diesel pickup trucks from Ford, GM and Chrysler. This display complemented the John Deere Row Crop Tractor which many legislators had already enjoyed climbing into at DTF’s exhibit hall booth.
Several attendees took advantage of the rare opportunity to sit in the roomy new Peterbilt Class 8 tractor or the snazzy little 4x4 diesel Gator. They learned about each vehicles’ fuel economy and emissions benefits, with many using their newfound knowledge to answer a quiz for the possibility of winning a $100 fuel card. Although one legislator confessed, “I’d rather win that pretty new 2011 GMC Sierra truck.” With Texas being the home of the largest number of diesel pickup trucks in the country, he added, “this could help boost our fuel economy numbers back home.”
Technology at NCSL Included:
2011 Ford F-250 XL
2011 GMC Sierra 2500 HD
2011 RAM 3500 Laramie with 6.7L Cummins® Turbo Diesel
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
Cat® 140M2 Motor Grader
Cummins 2010 ISX15 Clean Diesel Engine/Peterbuilt Truck
John Deere 8260R Row-Crop Tractor
Deere Gator XUV 855D 4x4 Diesel
John Deere 8260R Row-Crop Tractor
Thomas Built Buses Saf-T-Liner C2e Diesel-Electric Hybrid School Bus