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October 16, 2018   |   Diesel Technology Forum

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How Does Your Day Run on Diesel?

Diesel dependent economic sectors generate $3.4 trillion in economic activity and are a vital part of our lives.

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Diesel-dependent economic sectors generate $3.4 trillion in economic activity in the United States and are a vital part of our lives



Did you know diesel fuel is the most energy-dense liquid fuel and the diesel engine is the most efficient means of transferring this energy into work? This explains why diesel powers the big things that keep our economy moving and let you keep to your routine. Diesel-dependent economic sectors generate $3.4 trillion in economic activity and are a vital part of our lives.

Last year, 1.2 million heavy-duty diesel engines were incorporated into the wide variety of new heavy-duty machines, vehicles and equipment that are responsible for generating as much economic activity as the utility sector and the IT sector combined. These engines and the machines and equipment they power are integral to our daily life. Let’s see how…

The clothes you put on this morning were delivered to the store where you purchased them by a truck, most likely a large Class 8 tractor trailer that delivered your clothes to the store from a large warehouse. Today, 98 percent of large Class 8 trucks are powered by diesel. The logistics and warehousing industry that is responsible for making this happen, could not function without a fleet of these trucks to complete transactions. The warehousing and logistics industry generated $1.1 trillion in economic activity in 2017, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Many of us get to work somehow. While most of us rely on our cars and trucks, Americans took 2.4 billion trips on public transportation recently, and many of those trips were on a bus. Across the country, 90 percent of transit buses are diesel. Many of our nation’s school children rely on diesel as well. Twenty-five million school kids rely on school buses to get to and from school and 95 percent of these yellow buses are diesel.

After many of us get to work, we walk through the doors of some kind of building. It takes the brawn of diesel technology to power construction equipment necessary to pour concrete, lift materials and perform work necessary to erect the building you may call your workplace. Diesel is the predominant technology that powers construction equipment and is often the only technology that powers high horsepower applications. The construction industry generated $1.5 trillion in economic activity in 2017 and diesel technology was there to get the job done.

After clocking out and heading home, many of us look forward to dinner with the family. Without diesel powered agricultural equipment, we would not have much on the dinner plate. Diesel is the technology of choice that powers our agricultural industry responsible for generating $421 billion in economic activity in 2017.

If you think you can go to sleep without diesel technology you would be wrong. Many of us turn on the alarm on our cell phones or sometimes fall asleep with the TV on.  All of these devices could not function without rare materials that need to be mined. The mining industry is responsible for generating $467 billion in economic activity in 2017. Again, diesel technology is a leading technology that powers specialized vehicles and equipment that extract these needed resources.

All totaled, these diesel dependent economic sectors generate about $3.4 trillion in economic activity necessary to sustain our way of life. As our economy expands, so too does the need to rely on diesel technology. 1.2 million heavy-duty diesel engines were incorporated in new machines and vehicles to get the job done.



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