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January 31, 2018   |   Diesel Technology Forum

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Guess What Technology Will Be Responsible Making America a Nation of Builders?

Repairing and expanding infrastructure to meet the needs of America’s dynamic economy will require a fleet of diesel-powered equipment.


President Trump just announced a major $1.5 trillion initiative to upgrade America’s aging infrastructure. From roads and bridges, seaports and airports, drinking water and even our broadband and communications network is outdated and in need of repair. These projects – both large and small – will require a fleet of specialized diesel-powered equipment to get the job done. The latest innovations are already in the field reducing emissions and speeding project delivery.

There’s no doubt that much of America’s infrastructure needs some serious maintenance work. From roads and bridges, to ports and drinking water and even communications networks all suffer from years of deferred maintenance. The American Society of Civil Engineers rates American infrastructure as a D+ with roads and bridges in the worst shape.

Repairing and expanding this infrastructure to meet the needs of America’s dynamic economy will require a fleet of diesel-powered equipment. Thanks to decades of innovation the latest generation of clean diesel technology is ready to get the job done by delivering near zero emissions while also saving fuel and time. These technologies reduce emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and fine particles (PM) to near zero levels. Depending on horsepower, these emissions can be reduced by upwards of 95 percent.  

While near-zero technology is available, more of the latest technologies are entering the fleet and are in-use in projects around the country. A case in point is the massive Bayonne Bridge raising project linking Staten Island with New Jersey. Hundreds of pieces of machines were used in the project and three out of four were powered by near-zero emissions clean diesel technology.

Engine and equipment manufacturers also developed advanced fuel and productivity savings technology to make the most of the use of this equipment.  GPS, advanced telemetry, autonomy and even drones are used to precisely perform work and get the job done quickly. Construction equipment giant Caterpillar estimates that the latest productivity enhancements on equipment used on a typical road construction project can reduce fuel consumption by 37 percent and complete the project in almost half the time.

As Congress and the Administration debate the size and scope of the next infrastructure investment initiative, clean diesel technology is ready to get the job done quickly, while reducing emissions for communities and saving fuel costs for taxpayers. Without clean diesel, America can’t be a nation of builders.



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