Open Letter to CARB and Mary Nichols

Chairman Nichols:

The December 17, 2015 open letter to you and the California Air Resources Board from a group of venture capital interests proposed potential enforcement actions for Volkswagen that focused on future battery technology instead of providing an emissions fix for the affected vehicles. The letter contends that diesel technology “has reached the point of de miminis returns in extracting performance from a gallon of diesel while reducing pollutants, at least at reasonable cost.” This statement is not consistent with the facts about diesel emissions technology. We are writing to you to not only correct the record regarding the benefits of light duty diesel technology, but to support your efforts to create a cleaner, healthier California.

To be very clear, when using advanced diesel technology in the proper way, diesel vehicles meet today’s criteria pollutant and CO2 standards and, in many cases, are well ahead of required standards. There is every reason to believe that diesel vehicles will meet and exceed future standards as well. Most importantly, diesel vehicles are offered at a reasonable cost TODAY without the need for federal or state subsidies while providing consumers the performance and driving range they demand.

Diesel vehicles are cleaner than ever before. New clean diesel engine systems use cleaner, Ultra Low Sulfur diesel fuel, advanced engine technologies, and effective emissions controls. For example, the BMW 328d, available today, is already meeting 2023 CAFE standards and is already close to meeting 2017 emission standards. It is an example of today’s technology meeting future standards and at a reasonable cost without government subsidies.

As leading suppliers, we welcome a dialogue with all stakeholders about how we bridge to the future of transportation. It is important that dialogue include a full review of the greenhouse gas (GHG) equation, including a well-to-wheel analysis of CO2 emissions. New innovations will continue to improve upon current technology. The advances in clean burning renewable fuels makes diesel technology an extremely viable platform for the future and even more attractive on a well-to-wheel basis.

The proposal outlined in the open letter suggests that only battery technology can answer ALL of California’s transportation needs, and proposes skewing the vehicle marketplace for a technology that has yet to win over consumers. The proposal is not in the best interest of all Californians, with wide-ranging income levels, or the consumers who purchased the vehicles in question.

We must ensure that consumers have access to a range of clean vehicle technologies that can meet their particular needs while maximizing fuel efficiency and reducing CO2 and other emissions. For some consumers, today’s electric vehicle technology might be a good option. For other consumers, today’s electric vehicles may not meet their transportation needs. As such, eliminating a competitive lower emissions/fuel efficient option like diesel will result in higher CO2 emissions.

Clean diesel cars, SUVs, and pick-up trucks play a valuable role in meeting the important environmental goals we all are striving to meet and exceed. California needs every technology on the table while we transition to our mobility future.

Sincerely,

Jeff Breneman, Executive Director

 

Statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency Notice of Violation issued on September 18, 2015

Position

The U.S. Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars works to create a level playing field for all engine technologies to help improve fuel economy, CO2 and criteria emissions. Real-world benefits are realized when the policies, regulations and test procedures are aligned with real-world driving behaviors and vehicle manufacturers are in compliance with the rules. Advanced diesel engines have proven fuel economy and emissions reduction benefits when available technologies are applied correctly.

The USCADC remains an advocate for advanced diesel technology and its inherent advantages for automakers and consumers as a cost-effective technology solution.

The USCADC supports national goals and regulations including Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and testing designed to curtail vehicle emissions and reduce fuel consumption.

Benefits of Diesel Technology

Modern advanced diesel engines are an important and effective technology for automakers to meet increasingly stronger regulations. Advanced diesel engines achieve higher fuel efficiency and lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions than gasoline engines with the same power output and miles driven.

According to a new report from the Diesel Technology Forum, since 2005, new light-duty technologies introduced in the market have saved 1.5 billion gallons of gasoline. Diesel engines also deliver significantly higher torque, enabling greater towing capability and payload capacity.

No single technology can meet the demands of every American. We must ensure that consumers have access to clean vehicle technologies that can meet their particular needs while maximizing fuel efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions.

About the Coalition

The U.S. Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars is an automotive supplier-led coalition advocating for technology-neutral automotive policies. The USCADC member companies are the innovation leaders on a wide spectrum of technologies, including advanced diesel engine products, designed to increase U.S. energy independence and reduce emissions. Today’s advanced vehicle technologies can effectively and reliably reduce emissions, including particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxides (NOx), when correctly applied during real driving conditions.

 

Former Secretary Norm Mineta Responds to The Administration’s CAFE Standards Announcement

Washington, D.C., November 16, 2011 -Today, Secretary Norman Mineta, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation and former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, issued the following statement in response to the Administration’s announcement of its CAFE standards requiring cars and light trucks to achieve a combined 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025:

“I applaud the Administration for today’s announcement. This aggressive fuel economy target is exactly what the country needs to lower our dependence on foreign oil and reduce harmful emissions. It also helps pave the way for new environmentally responsible, higher mileage vehicles resulting in energy independence for all Americans.”

“To meet these ambitious goals a number of advanced technologies will contribute to enhancing the efficiency of our vehicles and most of the improvement will not come from hybrids or electric vehicles – but instead will come from dramatic improvements in today’s internal combustion engines. ”

“It is critical that we do not pick and choose a specific technology or technologies to help accomplish our fuel economy goals. While hybrids and electric vehicles have a place, the real breakthrough will be realized in advances to the internal combustion engine including turbocharging, start-stop, weight reduction and improved aerodynamics, which are already having an effect on the fuel economy and performance of the downsized gasoline and diesel vehicles coming to market today. ”

“I encourage the Administration and Congress to remain technology neutral as they consider ways to move forward with these ambitious fuel standards.”

On Monday, November 7, 2011 the U.S. Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars released a White Paper authored by former U.S. Transportation Secretary Norm Mineta, titled The Case for Technology Neutral Public Policy in Fuel Economy Debate: Allowing Performance To Determine Solutions. Click here to view the paper.


U.S. Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars Responds To President’s Executive Order

Washington, D.C., November 10, 2011 – Executive Director Jeff Breneman of the U.S. Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars issued the following statement in response to President Barack Obama’s executive order to cut waste and promote more efficient spending across the federal government:

“The USCADC applauds the Administration for looking at every opportunity to find new efficiencies and trim agency and department costs in this era of tight budgets. Additionally, the White Paper we released this week could assist the Administration in cutting costs further while helping to achieve the President’s previously announced goal of reducing petroleum use in the federal vehicles by 30% by 2020.”

“In light of budget constraints, the Administration should revisit the criteria for the federal fleet replacement program which prescribes specific technologies for the government vehicles. A better solution entails making new fleet vehicles 30% more fuel efficient than the automobiles being replaced, regardless of the powertrain technology used to achieve the desired result.”

“Departments are being forced into higher-priced technologies even if advanced gasoline and diesel cars can achieve the desired 30% petroleum reduction. Additionally, some of the alternative technologies may require additional government spending for charging or fueling infrastructure over and above the premium paid for the car itself.”

“By allowing greater competition in its procurement process for federal vehicles, the administration increases its chances of improving efficiency in the executive branch.”

On Monday, November 7, 2011 the US Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars released a White Paper by former U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta titled The Case for Technology Neutral Public Policy in Fuel Economy Debate: Allowing Performance To Determine Solutions. Click here to view the paper.

November 7 2011 – Former Commerce and Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta Announces Support for “Technology Neutral” Policies in Reaching Proposed CAFE Standards

Washington, D.C., November 7, 2011 Former Transportation and Commerce Secretary Norman Mineta is urging U.S. policymakers to employ technology neutral policies as they begin to implement new CAFE regulations announced by President Obama. Secretary Mineta is advocating the use of a wide range of technologies and innovations in reducing fuel consumption to meet the Administration’s 2025 miles per gallon requirements. Secretary Mineta today unveiled a White Paper at the National Press Club detailing his support for technology neutral policies which do not favor one technology over another through consumer incentives, federal subsidies, testing standards or technology specific credits. Recent policies have favored electric vehicles but have failed to help gain wide-spread acceptance from consumers or enhance the likelihood of significant growth of electrics in the United States.

Secretary Mineta’s plea to federal regulators and Congressional leaders is based on data suggesting significant technology advancements in conventional gasoline and diesel engines provide the most economical and efficient path to achieve President Obama’s recently announced CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards. “There is a wide consensus that energy independence and greenhouse gas emissions are among the most critical issues facing our country,” said Secretary Mineta, who served under former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. “The federal government should support a wide range of technologies that hold the most promising environmental and commercial opportunities for manufacturers to continue to meet marketplace demand and still reduce fuel costs and consumption by American drivers.”

Instead of the trend toward policies that pre-determine winners and losers, Secretary Mineta encouraged federal and state policymakers to level the playing field among emerging technologies.
“Now that the government has set aggressive performance targets, it is critical that the Administration and regulators allow markets the freedom to innovate and choose the best technology to reach those targets. In this era of severe budget restraints, lawmakers should address the inequities in consumer incentives by eliminating language that favors one technology over another,” Secretary Mineta said.

The White Paper is published by the U.S. Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars, a national coalition focused on promoting technology neutral policies and the energy efficiency and environmental benefits of advanced clean diesel technology.
“We are honored to partner with Secretary Mineta for this important event, and we agree with his approach to an energy policy aimed at reducing fuel consumption in America’s cars and light trucks. We believe that a technology-neutral approach is crucial to spurring and supporting innovations in automotive technology,” said Jeff Breneman, executive director for the coalition.

For more information and to access the full text of the White Paper, click HERE.

The U.S. Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars

The U.S. Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars is a partnership committed to promoting the energy efficiency and environmental benefits of advanced clean diesel technology for passenger vehicles in the U.S. marketplace. It is the only advocacy group exclusively dedicated to clean diesel passenger vehicles. The Coalition advocates for technology-neutral public policies and regulations rewarding innovation and providing equal market opportunities for advanced technology passenger vehicles. The Coalition is based in Washington, D.C. and is national in scope. For more, please visit www.cleandieseldelivers.com.

January 26 2011 – Clean Diesel Coalition Hosts Panel to Discuss the Future of Alternative Vehicle Technology in the 112th Congress

Washington, D.C., January 26, 2011 – Yesterday, the U.S. Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars, a partnership committed to promoting the energy efficiency and environmental benefits of advanced clean diesel technology for passenger vehicles in the United States, hosted apanel featuring policymakers working on issues in the alternative vehicle technology sector. The panelists examined the impact of the 112th Congress on the automotive industry and the growth of cleaner, more efficient vehicles. Additionally, the panel explored technology-neutral policy options that could stimulate innovation and consumer adoption of alternative vehicle technologies.

The panelists included Don Hillebrand, Director of Argonne National Laboratory’s Center for Transportation Research; Pat Bousliman, Majority Professional Staff Member, Senate Finance Committee; and
Mark Ratner, Legislative Director to House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton.

“Alternative vehicle technologies provide an opportunity to re-establish the auto industry in the U.S. while moving our nation’s energy efficiency and environmental goals forward,” said Jeffrey Breneman, Executive Director of the Coalition and moderator of the discussion. “The more vehicle technologies we continue to explore – from clean diesel to battery power – the more advancements we’ll see in the auto industry and the more green collar jobs we’ll create in the United States. �But we need the government to support these efforts through policies that motivate all developers to achieve sustainable real world results .”

The U.S. Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars advocates for technology-neutral public policies and regulations that reward innovation and provide equal market opportunities for all advanced technology passenger vehicles. �
“Every advanced vehicle technology, including clean diesel, will play a role in addressing the energy, environmental and economic issues currently facing our country. �Creating technology neutral policies will enable consumers to use their market power to spur innovation by choosing the technology that best meets their driving needs,” said Scott Gallett of BorgWarner, a member of the Coalition.

The Coalition and its members – Bosch, BorgWarner, Umicore and SinterCast – are working to create an expanded marketplace for clean diesel vehicles in the U.S. �Available today, clean diesel is helping to meet the energy independence and environmental goals set by President Obama, Congress and several states without sacrificing the performance consumers expect. Clean diesel vehicles provide 30 percent better fuel economy and 50 percent better torque over comparable gasoline engines, with up to 25 percent lower CO2 emissions.

The U.S. Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars

The U.S. Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars is a partnership committed to promoting the energy efficiency and environmental benefits of advanced clean diesel technology for passenger vehicles in the U.S. marketplace. It is the only advocacy group exclusively dedicated to clean diesel passenger vehicles. The Coalition advocates for technology-neutral public policies and regulations rewarding innovation and providing equal market opportunities for advanced technology passenger vehicles. The Coalition is based in Washington, D.C. and is national in scope. For more, please visit www.cleandieseldelivers.com.

January 26 2010 – Clean Diesel Coalition Expands Membership, Unveils New Members at Washington Auto Show

Washington, D.C., January 26, 2010 – The U.S. Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars, a partnership committed to promoting the energy efficiency and environmental benefits of advanced clean diesel technology for passenger vehicles in the United States, today announced an expansion of its membership to include three leading fuel efficiency and emission control technology companies: Tenneco Inc., Dow Automotive and Umicore.

May 19 2009 – Clean Diesel Technology Answers President Obama’s Call for Cleaner, More Fuel Efficient Cars

Washington, D.C., May 19, 2009 – The U.S. Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars, the only advocacy group to champion clean diesel passenger vehicles exclusively as it relates to the advantages on fuel efficiency and emission reductions, heralded President Obama’s call for federal fuel economy and emissions standards as successful in widening the market opportunity for advanced clean diesel technology. Executive director Jeffrey Breneman issued the following statement:

“The U.S. Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars supports President Obama’s proposal for national fuel efficiency and emissions standards for the U.S. auto industry. In order to meet this ambitious yet attainable challenge to improve fuel efficiency, reduce CO2 emissions and meet the various driving habits and needs of Americans, several technology options must be considered. Advanced diesel technology is already rising to the challenge, offering the highest fuel economy in real-world driving, and performing with better fuel economy, less CO2 emissions and better torque – an element of power allowing diesel-powered cars to accelerate faster – than a comparable gasoline vehicle.

“One of the most effective and immediate ways to meet these requirements laid out in the President’s proposal is for federal, state and local officials to implement technology-neutral public policies that reward innovation and offer multiple solutions for optimizing fuel efficiency and CO2 reductions. Granting advanced clean diesel technology the same market incentives offered to other leading automotive technologies, such as hybrid-electric, reaffirms America’s commitment to fuel efficiency and inspires the widespread innovation necessary to rise to the challenge.”J.D. Power and Associates market analysis predicts the diesel share of total light duty vehicle sales is expected to grow from 1.7 percent in 2007 to 12 percent by 2015.

The U.S. Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars is a partnership committed to promoting advanced diesel policies on the federal, state and local levels, to ensure the energy efficiency and environmental benefits of advanced diesel technology for passenger vehicles can be put to work in the U.S. marketplace. The group, of which founding members include BorgWarner Inc. and Robert Bosch LLC, calls for the adoption of technology-neutral public policies that reward innovation. It is the only advocacy group dedicated exclusively to clean diesel passenger vehicles. For more information or to inquire about membership, please visit www.cleandieseldelivers.com or contact Jeff Breneman, executive director, U.S. Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars, at info@cleandieseldelivers.com or (202) 585-6382.

February 02 2009 – U.S. Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars Launches to Promote Clean Diesel Technology’s Fuel Efficiency and Environmental Benefits

Washington, D.C., February 2, 2009 – The U.S. Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars launched today to promote the energy efficiency and environmental benefits of clean diesel passenger vehicles in the U.S. marketplace. The Coalition will urge federal, state and local legislators and regulators to support technology-neutral public policies helping to foster energy independence, reduce CO2 emissions and create jobs in this alternative powertrain technology.

November 17 2008 – BorgWarner’s R25® Turbocharging System Receives Automotive News’s PACE Environmental Award

Auburn Hills, Michigan, November 17, 2008 – BorgWarner’s R2S® regulated two-stage turbocharging system received a 2008 Automotive News PACE Environmental Award during the recent Green Car Conference and Exhibition in Novi, Michigan. Sponsored by Automotive News, Ernst & Young and TRC Inc., the first-ever award honors innovations that contribute to environmental sustainability and/or solve environmental problems. Winners were selected from this year’s PACE (Premier Automotive Suppliers’ Contribution to Excellence) Award winners.

October 20 2008 – Two BorgWarner Technologies Named 2009 Automotive News PACE Awards Finalists

Auburn Hills, Michigan, October 20, 2008 – Two BorgWarner technologies have been named finalists for the prestigious 2009 Automotive News PACE Awards, recognized around the world as the industry symbol of innovation. BorgWarner’s industry-first, patented Cam Torque Actuated (CTA™) Camshaft Phasing System from Morse TEC and award-winning, patented Pressure Sensor Glow Plug for diesel engines from BERU were both named finalists in the competition. In addition, BorgWarner’s award-winning, patented DualTronic® Performance Package from Transmission Systems was one of eleven innovations to earn an Honorable Mention from PACE judges.

October 06 2008 – Bosch: Clean Diesel is Key Part of Future Technology Mix

Farmington Hills, Mich. – Modern clean diesel technology – already available today – will play a significant role in modern drive technologies in 2020, said Bernd Boisten, regional president, diesel systems North America, Robert Bosch LLC, during a panel discussion at the German Embassy’s second annual “Future Motion Made in Germany” symposium. The Oct. 3 event, hosted at the German Embassy in Washington D.C., came as gasoline prices continue to fluctuate at higher levels, governments push for lower greenhouse gas emissions, and consumers worldwide call for affordable, environmentally sound drive technologies.

August 26 2008 – Bosch Announces �Drive a Clean Diesel’ Contest Winners

Farmington Hills, Mich. – Robert Bosch LLC announced the six winners of its Drive a Clean Diesel for One Week contest. Selected from entries submitted to AutoWeek.com, the winners secured the opportunity to test drive a vehicle with a clean-diesel engine from the Bosch fleet of diesel cars for one week.

August 21 2008 – Bosch Clean Diesel Helps Audi Dominate American Le Mans Series

Farmington Hills, Mich. – Bosch’s advanced clean diesel technology – the same technology available to consumers in production vehicles – is powering endurance racecars to victory in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). The diesel-powered Audi R10 TDI has won four of seven races this year on the ALMS circuit, including the race at Road America, located in Elkhart Lake, Wis., on Aug. 9.

August 11 2008 – Diesel Myths Dispelled

Farmington Hills, Mich. – Would you consider buying a clean diesel passenger vehicle? What if owning a clean diesel vehicle translated into savings for your pocket book and helped protect the environment, without sacrificing vehicle performance?

June 19 2008 – BORGWARNER’S BREAKTHROUGH TURBO TECHNOLOGY IMPROVES DIESEL EMISSIONS

Auburn Hills, Michigan, June 19, 2008 – Building on the success of variable turbine geometry (VTG™) turbochargers and regulated two-stage (R2S®) turbocharging systems, the experts at BorgWarner have achieved another ground-breaking advancement in air management technology, designing a turbocharger that can withstand the harsh environment created by low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) systems to meet the world’s strictest emissions standards. The company expects to see the technology introduced in the U.S. in 2008 on diesel imports from two European automakers.

May 13 2008 – Banks: Clean diesel offers more power, improved fuel economy and reduced emissions

Las Vegas, Nev. – When consumers understand the advantages of today’s clean diesel power, it turns conventional thinking about diesel on its head, explained Gale Banks, chief executive officer of Gale Banks Engineering, and a featured speaker at the Alternative Fuels & Vehicles National Conference + Expo. The conference runs through Wednesday, May 14, at the Rio All-Suite Hotel.

April 15 2008 – BORGWARNER WINS 2008 PACE AWARD

Auburn Hills, Michigan, April 15, 2008 – BorgWarner received a 2008 Automotive News PACE Award at a ceremony yesterday in Detroit for its R2S® regulated two-stage turbocharger system. Recognized around the world, the PACE awards acknowledge automotive suppliers for superior innovation, technological advancement and business performance. BorgWarner also received PACE Awards in 2005 and 2007.
September 20 2007 – BORGWARNER INTRODUCES NEW DIESEL EGR VALVE FOR LOWER EMISSIONS
Auburn Hills, Michigan, September 20, 2007 – BorgWarner aims to meet the future market demands for lower emissions and higher product performance with a new diesel exhaust gas recirculation (DEGR) valve with patented technology, featuring higher force, lower cost, improved durability, flexible packaging and smaller size.