2015 Capitol Hill Briefing
The U.S. Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars and Diesel Technology Forum (www.dieselforum.org) held a briefing entitled “Driving the Future: Technologies are ready to meet future fuel economy and clean air goals; what about policies?”
The briefing panelists and presentations:
- Allen Schaeffer, Executive Director – Diesel Technology Forum
- Michael J. Ruth, Advanced Systems Integration, Chassis Certified Products – Cummins Inc.
- Jeffrey Breneman, Executive Director – U.S. Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars
With increasingly stringent fuel economy requirements that will be mandated in the near future, manufacturers from all over the globe are introducing more fuel efficient technology options, including clean diesel choices, into their line-ups. Advanced diesel vehicles are growing in popularity with consumers and manufacturers are planning to meet this demand. 47 diesel cars, pickup trucks, SUVs and passenger vans are currently available and 15 more having been officially announced to be introduced in the next two years. Many analysts predict that diesels will increase to 7 to 10 percent of the total U.S. vehicle market by 2020. While diesels prove popular with drivers they also promote energy independence, fuel efficiency and result in significant emissions reductions.
What’s behind this growth in the light-duty diesel market, its many economic and clean air benefits, and why diesel is important to many auto manufacturers’ vehicle line-up? The briefing provided more details about who is already driving these clean alternative vehicles in districts across the U.S. and those likely to own a clean diesel vehicle. We also provided details on the policy challenges to growing the diesel market including.
- How the fuel tax structure works against energy efficient fuels
- How all advanced technologies – all electric, hybrid, gasoline diesel, hydrogen will play an important role in the future
- How advanced biodiesel is a positive component of the RFS Renewable Fuels Standard