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September 09, 2019   |   For Construction Pros.com

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Select the Correct Powertrain Options to Maximize ½-ton Pickup Truck Fuel Efficiency


Even a few years ago it would have been hard to imagine a full-size pickup achieving 30 mpg. Now there are several options that exceed this mark. The diesel engine is the most significant technology driving these impressive fuel economy gains in the full-size pickup market.

Modern diesel engines with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology have cleaned up the tailpipe emissions. More than one truck manufacturer has held a white cloth over the tailpipe of a running diesel to prove that diesel smoke is a relic of the past. Sophisticated electronic controls and a steady improvement in glow plug technology. have pretty much eliminated cold-weather start ability issues. Just make sure the tank is filled with winter blend fuel so it doesn’t gel when the temperature drops.

 

 


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