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May 14, 2018 |
New Generation of Diesel Technology Does More (Work) with Less (Emissions) to Meet America’s Infrastructure Challenge
May 14, 2018 (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – It’s Infrastructure Week in the Nation’s Capital, which means America’s plans to build big things take center stage, and diesel technology is ready to get the job done.
As policymakers on both the national and local levels consider the next steps for our nation, the latest generation of clean diesel technologies stand ready and available to help move our nation’s roads, bridges, rail, ports, airports, water and sewer systems, the energy grid, telecoms, and more into the next decade. Roughly 850,000 diesel-powered vehicles haul supplies, materials and workers to and from America’s construction sites. Earthmovers, bulldozers, bucket loaders, backhoes, cranes, pavers, excavators and motor graders are all essential to building the infrastructure of tomorrow.
“Building big things takes the power and durability that diesel provides and today does so at a near-zero level of emissions,” said Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum. “The diesel engines of today are a product of continuous improvement. This newest generation of the technology not only saves fuel for equipment operators, but it also generates significant emission reductions for the communities in which this equipment operates.”
Since 2014, the latest near-zero emissions diesel technologies have been integrated into all newly manufactured heavy equipment. New “Tier 4” compliant equipment can reduce emissions upwards of 90 percent relative to older technologies, depending on their horsepower range. Iconic leaders in the equipment industry are also integrating hybrid and advanced energy storage systems that further boost fuel savings anywhere from 20 percent to fifty percent. Getting big things done in less time directly results in fuel savings that contributes to sustainability.
“This latest generation of diesel technology can complete America’s must-build infrastructure quickly, helping to bring projects in on time, under budget and in an environmentally friendly manner,” said Schaeffer. “For most of these machines, there is simply no substitute for diesel power’s unique combination of features including power, performance, reliability, efficiency and now low emissions.”
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About The Diesel Technology Forum
The Diesel Technology Forum is a non-profit 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 http://www.dieselforum.org.
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