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North Carolina

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DIESEL VEHICLES ON THE ROAD

How does your state rank compared to the other states for adopting the latest clean diesel technology? Getting more new technology clean diesel vehicles on the road will deliver cleaner air faster.

#8

for Total Diesel Passenger Vehicles 1,2,3

#38

Total New Generation Clean Diesel Transit Buses 5

#8

for Total Diesel Pickup Trucks 2

#48

Total New Generation Clean Diesel School Buses 6

#34

Highest Percentage Diesel Work Vans 1

#33

for Highest Percentage New Generation Clean Diesel Heavy-Duty Trucks 4

Goods Movement: Delivering for North Carolina

39%

Heavy-duty diesel vehicles of the newest generation technology that meet the latest U.S. Epa emissions standards for particulate matter and nox

Heavy-duty diesel vehicles manufactured beginning in 2010 must meet the stricter clean diesel emissions standards that further reduce near-zero particulate matter and NOx emissions even closer to zero, thanks to further refinements to engine and emission control technologies and the nationwide availability of ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel.4

port
& marine

39

Ferry boats
powered by diesel
 

Diesels are the driving force for almost all commercial water vessels and port operations. Ferries rely predominantly on diesel technology and are used for passenger and vehicle transportation as well as emergency response.8

public transportation

31%

transit buses of the newest generation technology that meet latest u.s. epa emissions standards for particulate matter & nox

Transit buses manufactured beginning in 2010 must meet the latest U.S. EPA emissions standards for near-zero emissions of particulate matter and NOX. Today's ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel, advanced engines and effective emissions control combine to achieve near zero emissions that is smoke free.5

46%

school buses are of the newest generation technology that meet latest u.s. epa emissions standard for particulate matter & nox

Diesel provides the safest, least combustible, most reliable power for student transportation. Over 95 percent of school buses in the U.S. are powered by a diesel engine with only 5 percent of the almost 550,000 school buses operating in the U.S. in 2017 powered by alternative fuels. Nationwide, 40 percent of America's school buses use the newest generation of advanced diesel technology that meet the latest U.S. EPA emissions standards for near-zero emissions of particulate matter and NOx. Today's ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel, advanced engines and effective emissions control combine to achieve near zero emissions that is smoke free.6

Diesel Fuel

3

biodiesel production facilities in North Carolina7

8

biodiesel produced in North Carolina
(millions of gallons)7

Biodiesel and renewable diesel are made with renewable resources, like soybean oil, animal fats, and recycled cooking oils. Thanks to advanced refining and fuel processing technologies, the next generation of renewable diesel fuels enhances the benefits of clean diesel technology.

116

biodiesel (b20 and above) pumps in North Carolina9

Most diesel engines can run on high-quality biodiesel blends as well as next-generation renewable diesel fuels. Most diesel vehicles and equipment are compatible with biodiesel or renewable diesel fuel blends between five and 20 percent.

1,414

diesel fuel consumption
(millions of gallons)14

Diesel technology is the workhorse of the U.S. and global economy, powering over 78 percent of commercial trucks4, almost 90 percent of all transit buses5, nearly 100 percent of freight locomotives and marine work boats8, and two-thirds of all farm and construction equipment.

Powering the Economy

#1

347150 clean diesel engines were manufactured in North Carolina in 201810

In 2018, over 1 million diesel engines that meet the latest generation U.S. EPA emissions standards for particulate matter and NOx were manufactured in the U.S., and the production of this technology will greatly help communities across the country by expanding employment and sparking economic development.10

Diesel engines are the primary technology driving 15 key sectors of the U.S. economy.

8,830

Total Clean Diesel Jobs in North Carolina11

These highly productive diesel-related jobs include diesel engine mechanics and specialists to support deployment, operations, and maintenance of diesel vehicles and equipment.

The manufacturing of U.S. made diesel technology supports 1.25 million jobs12 while wages in the diesel technology producing sector pay 60 percent higher than the national average.

CARS, TRUCKS, & SUVS

A new generation of clean diesel cars, trucks, and SUVs offer consumers a new choice in fuel-efficient and low-emissions technology without sacrificing performance. Clean diesel is a proven technology that is quiet, fun to drive, and typically get 20 to 35 percent more MPG than a comparable gasoline engine.15

VW FUND

Investing funds in proven, available clean diesel technologies would improve air quality today.13

Breakdown of light-duty diesel vehicles in North Carolina

Power Generation


Power Generation

Emergency backup electrical generators powered by diesel engines provide reliable, immediate and full strength electric power when there is a failure of the primary power supply system, minimizing losses from these events. 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 backup power source.

Farming


Farming

Diesel powers two-thirds of agriculture equipment, moves 90 percent of its product and pumps one-fifth of its water. Farm tractors, combines, irrigation pumps and other equipment are the workhorses in an industry vital to our national economy and quality of life.

Construction & Mining

Diesel operates most of the heavy equipment used in construction, including building and repairing our homes, our offices, and America's roads and infrastructure. You'll also find that diesel technology is the primary engine technology used in the mining industry today.

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