What is Clean
Stink, Smoke, Soot a Thing of the Past
Clean Diesel refers to a new crop of diesel engines that use
a combination of ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD), a common-rail
injection system (CRIS) and new age filters. Diesels that use
this technology are typically referred to as CRD's.
If you are looking for a clean diesel
vehicle in the US - look for brands like
Mercedes, and BMW
Less Sulfer = Fewer Toxic Emmissions
diesel fuel contains over 95% less sulfur than the
previous blends of diesel fuel. This eliminates the stinky
sulfur that is believed to cause acid rain and smog. The
state of California leads the pack in demanding all diesel
sold be USLD. People can now buy this fuel nationwide and
USLD will become mandatory nationwide by 2010. Emissions
in vehicles using clean diesel will immediately be cut by
at least 10%.
Can USLD be used with Biodiesel?
Biodiesel is really a catch all phrase for any diesel made
from plants or animals instead of petroleum. Petroleum diesel
is commonly referred to now as "petrodiesel". So, can you use
biodiesel with USLD petrodiesel? Yes. In fact, people want to
mix biodiesel with USLD to increase the lubricity, limiting
friction and wear on the engine. The use of biodiesel also
decreases dependence on foreign oil.
The diesel engine created by Rudolf Diesel in 1890 isn't
really too picky about what it burns. Diesel engines are highly
efficient - some say 20-50% more efficient than gas engines due
to the combustion process of a diesel.
Benefits of Improving Diesel
Improving diesel performance is not only improving your
vehicle but it is better for the atmosphere because you are
putting less toxins into the air, which are the primary causes
of global warming. Less carbon monoxide, fine particles,
nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, and volatile organic compounds
into the atmosphere is good for everyone. Diesel fuels are
responsible for less than 2% of the carbon monoxides pumped
into the air. They are responsible for a little over 4% of the
fine particles in the air. Diesel is only responsible for
slightly over 3% of sulfur dioxide and 2.7% of the volatile
organic compounds emitted into the air, but diesel fuel makes
up for over 32% of the nitrogen oxides in the world emissions.
This is where new age filter technologies come in. Nitrogen
Oxides (NOX) have been known to irritate respiratory functions
and result in smog. Mercedes-Benz offers maintenance-free
particulate filters as standard equipment in their diesel
Why Use Clean Diesel?
Diesel vehicles today are not the noisy, stinky, sooty
vechicles of the 80's. Today's diesel cars offer 35% and more
better mpg than their gas counterparts and much greater
reliability. Three top models include the Mercedez-Benz E320
Bluetec, Mercedes-Benz GL320 Bluetec and the Ford Powerstrok
Pickup. If you decide to purchase a vehicle with a new diesel
engine than you will notice an even bigger benefit of lower gas
mileage and you will save money. What is clean diesel worth to
you? Check out new models and decide for yourself.
Clean diesel and diesel engines run most efficiently when
using a diesel fuel additive into your diesel fuel such as
If you are looking for information on how to run your car
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