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June 11, 2018   |   Commercial Carrier Journal

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There’s more to green transportation than just electric trucks


There is a strong argument against electricity as a greener alternative to clean diesel, as producing electricity can be a carbon intensive process but more and more power plants are being weaned off coal.

According to the Diesel Technology Forum, trucks equipped with clean diesel engines and advanced emissions control systems made up 30 percent of the road last year.

Diesel Technology Forum Executive Director Allen Schaeffer says nearly 3 million heavy-duty diesel commercial vehicles introduced in the U.S. from 2011 through 2016 are now on the road, with the newest generation of commercial vehicles having saved 4.2 billion gallons of diesel fuel, and reduced 43 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2), 21 million tonnes of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and 1.2 million tonnes of particulate matter.

It’s important to note that no green energy solution – be it clean diesel, electricity or natural gas – is 100-percent green.


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