To raise awareness about new clean diesel technologies, Bosch LLC and BorgWarner Inc. have founded the Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars.
The coalition was founded in an attempt to keep the United States government from making a tremendous mistake and possibly dooming the Detroit Three. With so much focus on hybrid-electric vehicles and pure-electric vehicles, alternative fuels – especially diesel – have been “lost in combustion.” Diesel is cheaper to produce and contains more energy per gallon of fuel, and thus returns higher fuel economy. As of late, new diesel technology actually enables new diesel engines to burn cleaner than gasoline powered vehicles.
Evidence of this fuel economy gain can be seen with the new Volkswagen Jetta TDI, returning an EPA-estimated 41 mpg on the freeway, and starts at around $22,000.
The new 2.0-liter TDI I-4 is also available in the 2009 Audi A4.
Mercedes-Benz also manages some impressive fuel economy figures with its 3.0-liter BlueTec series engine yielding an estimated 23 mpg highway in its full-size SUV. Again with that SUV, several people have exceeded the EPA sticker and have gotten almost 30 mpg on the expressway.
Stephan Jacoby, Volkswagen Group of America CEO, supports raising fuel taxes to levels seen in Europe in order to promote sales of clean diesels (and other fuel efficient offerings). European fuel taxes are about four to six times higher than current U.S. fuel taxes. Current gas taxes are at 18.4 cents per gallon of gasoline and 24.4 cents per gallon of diesel. Breneman says that people need to be encouraged to buy fuel-efficient cars. With the average cost of gasoline in the US hovering around $1.88, people will still opt for the traditionally popular and inefficient SUV or pickup truck.
Many people remember the passenger car diesel disaster of the 1980’s, the benefits of today’s diesel engines have only been realized by medium and heavy-duty pickup truck buyers. With today’s technology, the blue-smoke startups and clunky diesel clatter are things of the past. The Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars aims to fix people’s view on diesels and hopes that in the future, diesels will become as prevalent on American roads as they are on European streets.
Source: Automotive News