Diesel: Fuel of the Future?
Early model automotive and diesel engines were to designed to run on these fuels but were not efficient. Gasoline powered engines would frequently combust and diesel engines were extremely dirty.
Both have come a long way since those days, with gasoline taking the lead in automotive vehicles. Because of the energy potential of diesel fuel, it has been the primary fuel used to run large, heavy duty trucks, locomotives and farming equipment.
Advanced technology has developed diesel powered engines to fuel smaller vehicles and many people are catching on to the benefits diesel engines provide. These benefits include better gas mileage, lower carbon emissions, greater torque, and a longer lasting, more durable engine. As mentioned earlier, the energy density of diesel is much higher than gasoline and therefore allows gas mileage of up to 40-50 mpg on larger vehicles! As technology is advancing, diesel engines are being created in such a way that much of the emissions are being significantly reduced. Low sulfur diesel, advanced catalytic converters, turbo-charging and other factors play a role reducing emissions. Diesel engines use compression to ignite, and due to the way the engine functions, it creates a large amount of torque. Torque can be thought of as the “get-up-and-go” in a vehicle. This torque adds to the vehicles functionality, ease of driving and enjoy ability of these vehicles. Last but not least, diesel engines are known to be more durable and long lasting than gasoline engines. The simplicity of the engines makes maintenance easier. Diesel’s don’t require a spark ignition and instead use direct injection methods which further increases fuel economy and cuts down on repairs and maintenance.