Not your parents’ diesel (but maybe your kids’)   

Fuels |  < 1 min. read

What’s good about diesel?

Well, as it turns out, a lot.  And if that seems surprising, then read on.

At Fuse, they put it this way: “The diesel engine has led to some of the most environmentally friendly vehicles that are sold at competitive prices. Diesel fuel remains a top environmentally-friendly alternative to gasoline because it’s one of the most energy dense fuels available…”.

And at Wired, they write that diesels “offer lots of torque for great off the line acceleration, don’t suffer from the cost or range anxiety associated with electrics, and finding a place to refuel is generally easy. Diesels are most efficient on the highway, good for drivers who spend more time in the suburbs than in the city.”

Many years ago, diesels had a reputation as noisy and smelly.  Two years ago, VW gave diesel a black eye with its “cheating” software, software to trick emissions tests on its diesel cars.

But as Live Science reports, ”It’s likely that cars of the future will include diesel technology that combines clean-emission techniques, power and fuel economy, Hillebrand said [Don Hillebrand, director of energy systems research at Argonne National Laboratory]. …some temperature and pressure regimes get efficient fuel combustion without producing either pollutant [soot or NOx].  Hillebrand’s team is developing low-temperature combustion systems that aim to do just that.”

There’s work ahead before those diesel engines come to market, so don’t look for them just yet.  But in a world where no single energy source can do it all – diesel fuel is, and should be, part of the mix for the cars and trucks of the future.