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May 22, 2018   |   Diesel Technology Forum

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Tastes Great 🍔, Less Emissions 🚚

The next time you’re on the road, there’s a good chance that the Class 8 truck sharing the road with you might actually be cleaner than grilling a hamburger.


Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer and that means driving and barbeques. The latest clean diesel innovations will let diesel car and truck owners go much farther on a single tank. But what about barbeques? The next time you’re on the road, there’s a good chance that the Class 8 truck sharing the road with you might actually be cleaner than grilling a hamburger.

It’s a little known fact, but diesel fuel is the most energy dense transportation fuel around and the diesel engine is one of the most efficient means of transferring this energy into work. This means that diesel car and pickup owners can travel much farther on a single tank of fuel. Let’s take the Chevy Cruze Diesel. It has a highway fuel economy of 52 miles per gallon while its gasoline cousin gets 40 miles per gallon. On a 13.7-gallon tank, the diesel model can get you an additional 164 miles. That’s roughly the distance from Philadelphia to Washington, DC. 

The list of automakers introducing diesel options is growing. Many more diesel options in the makes and models American car consumers are purchasing means there are more efficient choices for consumers.

Diesel’s benefits are not limited to cars, SUVs and pickups trucks. If you are next to a barbecue this summer, you may actually want to be next to a Class 8 tractor-trailer instead. Thanks to decades of innovation and research, the latest clean diesel technologies are now available for these large trucks that reduce emissions, including fine particles, to near zero levels. A recent University of California Riverside study found that cooking a charbroiled hamburger resulted in more particulate matter emissions than a clean diesel commercial truck! Grilling a 1/3 lbs. burger generates more particulate emissions that driving a new 18-wheeler clean diesel truck 142 miles.

The next time you are behind the wheel – hopefully in a new diesel model – and you notice a blue cap on a tank on a Class 8 truck, that is a good indication that the truck is powered by the latest generation clean diesel technology.  About one in every three commercial trucks on the road comes with these clean diesel technologies that delivers goods and clean air.

Memorial Day ushers in both the summer driving and barbecue season. Diesel drivers will find they can get to their destination faster while chefs manning the grill should probably stand next to a clean diesel Class 8 truck instead.



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