Sales of clean diesel cars, trucks and SUVs in the US are set to outpace the sale of hybrids over the next five years according to a new report from the Diesel Technology Forum entitled ‘Is Diesel Set to Boom in the US?’
The report predicts that both diesel and hybrid vehicles will grow in the US due to likely increases in fuel economy and emission standards legislation. By 2012 it is predicted that 1.5 million clean diesel vehicles will be sold, compared with 1.2 million hybrids.
The Diesel Technology Forums fact file on the issue states;
- Diesel cars, trucks and SUVs provide 20% to 40% better milegae than petrol vehicles.
- The nationwide availability of ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) fuel in October 2006 provided 97% cleaner diesel fuel.
- There are 4.8 million diesel cars on US roads (Alliance of Automobile Manufactures)
- According to the US environmental Protection Agency, America could save up to 1.4 million of oil per day if one third of US cars, pick-ups and SUVs were diesel-powered.
The results predict that diesel vehicles will storm away in the US, which is good news for reducing emissions. Lets hope that vehicle technology developments keep pace and help ensure that other emissions from disel vehicles are minimised.