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VW wants more incentives

Volkswagen AG (VW) wants diesel vehicles to get federal and state incentives similar to those for electric vehicles (EVs). Instead, the automaker feels diesels are "penalized." 

“We’re not feeling the love,” said Anna Schneider, vice president for industry and government relations at VW Group of America. “This is one of the greenest choices... It’s time the U.S. government included clean diesel in its ‘all of the above’ strategy’ for greening U.S. roads. Putting these vehicles on the road should be incentivized and not penalized, and that’s our goal.”

Diesels are about 30 percent more fuel efficient than gasoline vehicles, but the problem is that diesels have a higher carbon content than the gasoline-powered cars. For that reason, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said that diesels only cut carbon emissions by 7 to 20 percent.

Hence, diesels don't get the same treatment as EVs. EVs receive many advantages, such as federal and state tax credits, access to carpool lanes, etc. This is because EVs are seen as key contributors to "greening" the auto industry, and that's especially important right now with the new 54.5 MPG CAFE standards in place for 2017-2025 model years. 

In fact, these new standards don't give diesels additional credits the way it does other vehicles. The EPA said it doesn’t believe diesel vehicles push the commercialization of technologies that will help autos reach zero (or even near-zero) emissions. In addition, the EPA doesn't seem to think that diesels have an issue with "consumer acceptance."

Further hurting the cause of diesels is that 15 U.S. states place additional taxes on diesel, and federal taxes for diesels are 6 cents higher than those of gasoline-powered autos. 

EVs, on the other hand, are eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit. 

VW is a known promoter of diesel vehicles. For instance, the company confirmed its XL1 hybrid for production earlier this year. The two-seat Volkswagen XL1 has a plug-in diesel hybrid system that allows it to achieve 314 MPG and 31 miles on electric power alone. The CO2 emissions sits at 21 g/km, and it is considered the most aerodynamic car with a Cd figure of 0.189. It's also very light at just 1,752 pounds.

Source: The Detroit News

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RE: Diesels do seem to have a bad rep
By ClownPuncher on 8/22/2013 12:34:59 PM , Rating: 2
Not so much anymore, and that particulate matter isn't really a big deal.

RE: Diesels do seem to have a bad rep
By phatboye on 8/22/2013 2:56:44 PM , Rating: 3
and that particulate matter isn't really a big deal.

What? Particulate matter is a big deal! Can you please elaborate on what you mean by this statement.

RE: Diesels do seem to have a bad rep
By mellomonk on 8/22/2013 5:16:53 PM , Rating: 2
Particulate matter hasn't been much of an issue since the changeover to low sulfur fuel combined with newer emissions put in place in the mid 2000s. The particulate filters used in auto applications are very effective. Find the video on VWs website where they place a white cloth across the exhaust pipe of one of their TDi models and a regular petrol fueled car. Pretty eye opening.

RE: Diesels do seem to have a bad rep
By dnd728 on 8/22/2013 6:35:01 PM , Rating: 3
economical low engine speeds mean exhaust gases don't get hot enough to burn off the particulate matter--leading to clogged filters and expensive replacements.

By ClownPuncher on 8/22/2013 7:14:52 PM , Rating: 2
Then buy your car based on the proper application. If you're all in-town and low speeds, don't buy a diesel. If you commute on the freeway, do.

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