A Look at Diesels in America - Jeep Near the Front of the Pack
Date 2008/5/9 10:38:00 | Topic: Miscellaneous
|Fortune has a great article on the future of diesels in America. This is a great read for those of you who are still on the fence about the least alternative "alternative fuel". |
The article talks about new ultra-low-sulfur diesel that has been mandated by the EPA as well as the advantages of using it:
Thanks to technological breakthroughs, at least six automakers - starting with Mercedes on Oct. 16, Jeep in early 2007, and eventually even hybrid pioneer Honda - will be launching a fleet of New Age diesels. They promise to boost fuel economy by 25% to 40%, with huge torque and turbochargers to deliver the power American drivers crave.
The first breakthrough is that ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel will roll out to the nation's pumps this month. The move was mandated by the EPA, whose 2009 emissions rules will hold diesels to the same standards - the world's toughest - as gasoline cars. (Environmentalists were thrilled, oil companies less so: The rollout will cost them $6 billion to $9 billion.) The new fuel eliminates 97% of sulfur, and it's also the catalyst for automakers to devise strategies to reduce the remaining pollutants.
The article is a great primer for the future of diesel fuel, despite the fact that it never mentions that the price of diesel is rising faster than the price of conventional gasoline.