Diesel Advocacy Group Commemorates Decade of Clean Diesel Fuel
Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel Recognized During Clean Air Month
The “Clean Diesel” mantra championed by Volkswagen and other German automakers got a bit of a black eye late last year as it was revealed the company installed cheat software on its TDI models to get them to pass the stringent California and U.S. emissions standards. However, putting that bit of corporate malfeasance aside, it’s indisputable that today’s diesels are dramatically cleaner than those of a decade or two ago. The diesel advocacy group Diesel Technology Forum is commemorating a decade of availability of ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel in May, which is also Clean Air Month.
The organization makes the argument that the introduction of ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel in 2006 was as significant step in cleaner air as was the removal of lead from gasoline in the ’70s. A few of the statistics the organization points out to make their point is that cooking a 1/3-pound hamburger produces more fine particulate emission than driving a new Class 8 truck for 140 miles; that brake dust and tire wear are now a bigger contributor to fine particle emissions in Southern California than heavy trucks; and that it would take 60 of today’s tractor trailers to equal the emissions of one truck from 1988.
Source: Diesel Technology Forum