Doug Vining Diesel's future

Personally I am much more optimistic about the future of diesel, and don't think this scenario of diesel being banned will materialize. Diesel is a very efficient store of energy, and is the backbone of heavy trucking globally. While it might be feasible to convert some trucks to natural gas, converting them to petrol is not a proposition.

New technology is winning the day for diesel. In California, where diesel cars are uncommon because of the strict clean air regulations, new models are being introduced by Mercedes and Audi, among others, that meet the requirements. Using particulate filters and catalytic converters that reduce nitrous oxide emissions make the diesel exhaust less toxic than petrol, even if it is lead free. And low sulphur diesel is reducing sulphuric emissions too.

As the owner of two diesel vehicles, you might call me biased, but many people don't realise that petrol exhaust even from a modern car contains a lot of nasty things like carbon monoxide and ketones that you don't get from a diesel.

By the way, producing synthetic diesel from natural gas, as Sasol does with its gas-to-liquid technology, produces 'clean' diesel with zero sulphur. While this may be energy intensive, the gas produced by fracking is ideally ...
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Posted: 17 April 2014 at 10:45

Wolfgang Grulke Diesel's future

I know you love diesel - many do, but how many deaths will it take? Already over a hundred thousand a year in Europe alone attributed to diesel..
Posted: 17 April 2014 at 11:42

Wolfgang Grulke The cruch on Diesel starts in earnest

There are signs that the scenario postulated in our April 2014 MindBullet is starting to materialise with this UK move.
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Posted: 9 August 2014 at 11:03

Doug Vining The cruch on Diesel starts in earnest

Here's more reason they should ban diesel, in the UK at least. In South Africa the figures are completely the other way around!
http://timeguide.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/diesel-deaths/
Posted: 11 August 2014 at 20:31
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