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August 06, 2019   |   Construction Executive


Jobsites and Machines of the Future: Diesel, Hybrid, Renewable, Connected, Autonomous and Electric

From Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum:

For decades, diesel has been the workhorse of the construction sector. Diesel’s unmatched, unique combination of power, performance, reliability and fuel efficiency, along with its widely available fueling, parts and service capabilities, makes it the technology of choice for the roughly 850,000 earthmovers, bulldozers, bucket loaders, backhoes, cranes, pavers, excavators and motor graders across the United States. In fact, more than three out of every four pieces of the heavy construction equipment in use today are diesel. Thanks to the longevity and performance of these durable engines, many of these pieces of equipment are still at work and are an important performing asset for contractors still today.

While reducing the environmental impact from construction activities has always been part of the job, new climate concerns and urban air quality issues, coupled with increasing pressure from public and private interests, are rising to new levels. Manufacturers of construction equipment are responding in a variety of ways: making machines lower in emissions, making them work more efficiently together, incorporating hybridization and exploring new fuel options for the future. They envision diesel as the prime power for construction for the foreseeable future.

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