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July 12, 2012   |   Diesel Technology Forum

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Clean Diesel Technology Powers New York’s Economic and Transportation Systems

Contact: Steve Hansen (301) 668-7230


Did You Know . . .

More than 118,000 diesel-powered machines were used in New York’s construction industry, generating over $34 billion and employing 360,000 people in 2008.

New York has the largest ferry fleet in the U.S. which is 98 percent diesel-powered.

New York has more than 50,000 school buses – the largest fleet in the nation – with more than 85 percent powered by diesel fuel.

Washington, D.C. - Advanced and clean diesel technology is vital to the stability and growth of New York’s economy, transportation system and environment. To provide the most current and comprehensive information on diesel’s importance to New York, the Diesel Technology Forum (DTF) has compiled a New York state fact sheet that examines diesel technology’s role in the state’s transportation and economic systems – “Clean Diesel Technology Powers New York”.

Diesel Engines Play a “Vital Role” In New York’s Economy

From back-up generators that keep hospitals and Wall Street running to the diesel hybrid buses running in cities across the state, diesel engines play a vital role in New York state’s economy. Diesel power brings tourists and goods to the state, harvests crops, builds roads and buildings, fuels emergency vehicles and transports commuters and school children all across the state in a clean, reliable and cost-efficient manner.

As a diverse state with one of the most important and recognized cities in the world, New York could not function without diesel power.

In recent years, technological advances have brought environmental progress to the diesel industry through a new clean diesel system - combining cleaner diesel fuel, advanced engines and effective exhaust control technology.

Important Transportation, Public Policy and Economic Information Highlighted In Fact Sheet

The DTF New York fact sheet includes information regarding diesel technology in the following areas:

- Port and marine traffic

- Ground transportation

- Transit and school buses

- Construction, tourism and emergency power generation

- Public health and safety

- Clean diesel passenger cars

- New York public policy on air quality and technology.

New York Transit, Tourism and Emergency Services Rely Heavily on Diesel Technology

Other important New York information included in the DTF state fact sheet:

- New York State's $53 billion in tourism revenues in 2008 depended directly on diesel-powered transportation on air, land and sea transportation.

- 74 million tons of cargo was carried over 3,565 rail miles stretching across the state in 2007 and the state’s trucking industry employed more than 40,000 people. Most, if not all, rail and truck transportation is powered by diesel technology.

- New York’s five largest cities have more than 7,000 public transit buses - over 83 percent of which are powered by conventional diesel or diesel hybrid engines. In 2005, New York City decided to dedicate itself to clean diesel technology and stop purchasing compressed natural gas (CNG) buses. In December 2007, the Metropolitan Transit Authority purchased 850 more diesel-electric hybrid buses, giving it the world's largest fleet of these vehicles. Diesel hybrid buses are also being used in several upstate cities, including Albany, Buffalo, and Ithaca, with plans to order more in the years ahead.

- More than 15,000 stationary diesel generators are used across all industries in New York, providing clean, efficient, uninterrupted power to thousands of businesses to help save lives and money. In fact, 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 back-up power source.

- More than 4,700 ambulance vehicles are used across the state. These emergency vehicles are virtually exclusively powered by diesel engines because of their durability and reliability.

Individual Fact Sheets Also Available For Other States

In addition, DTF has compiled additional state fact sheets about diesel technology’s importance in other states throughout the U.S.

The Entire U.S. Also Benefits From Clean Diesel Technology

Nationally, the diesel industry contributes more than $480 billion annually to the U.S economy, provides more than 1.25 million jobs, and supplies a substantial export-to-value ratio five times higher than the national average, according to a recent economic report released by DTF.

The reports states: “As policymakers look to promote cleaner, more fuel efficient technologies, its use will grow along with other competitive alternatives. Diesel technology’s future value is further enhanced by its suitability for hybrid applications and its readiness to utilize a diverse range of first and second generation renewable and biodiesel fuels.

“National fuel economy standards for cars and light-duty trucks beginning in 2017 are expected to be met in part by an increasing number of clean diesel passenger vehicle choices. Similarly, first-ever fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty commercial trucks and buses beginning in 2014 will drive further innovation and efficiency gains in diesel technology as a key compliance strategy.”

More Than 80% of All Freight in U.S. Is Transported By Diesel Power

Other facts outlined in the economic report include:

Diesel Moves 80 Percent of All Freight: Diesel-powered trucks, trains, ships and intermodal systems moved 83 percent of freight by value ($11.7 trillion) and 85 percent by weight (12.5 billion tons) in 2007.

Diesel Powers Over 70 Percent Transit Buses: Approximately 71 percent of transit buses and 58 percent of commuter rail passenger-miles are provided by diesel-fueled trains.

Clean Diesel Auto Sales Projected To Increase Significantly: Currently, only 3.4 percent of the cars in the U.S. are diesel-powered. Diesel accounts for a larger share of pickup trucks (13.6 percent). However, clean diesel sales are increasing and diesel auto sales increased 37 percent during the first eight months of 2011 compared to the same period in 2010 (the overall automobile market increased 10.4 percent). Some analysts predict that diesel passenger cars will account for 10 percent of the market by 2015.


The Diesel Technology Forum is a non-profit national organization dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of diesel engines, fuel and technology. Forum members are leaders in clean diesel technology and represent the three key elements of the modern clean-diesel system: advanced engines, vehicles and equipment, cleaner diesel fuel and emissions-control systems. For more information visit www.dieselforum.org.

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