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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: Logic driven by profit
By Samus on 8/22/2013 2:10:07 PM , Rating: 0
The problem with diesel in the states is the fuel quality is poor (on an international scale) and is geared more toward trucks (which 95% of diesel fuel is used for.)

I have friends with F250 diesels, all different engine types, old and new, and all of them eventually have injector problems and constant fuel issues because of the poor fuel quality.

Semi-truck engines tolerate the poor quality fuel better for a variety of reasons.


RE: Logic driven by profit
By Motoman on 8/22/2013 3:01:00 PM , Rating: 2
That's not an issue you can broadly throw against all diesels.

My 2003 Dodge 3500 with the Cummins turbo diesel has well over 150,000 miles on it - and there's never been any trouble with it at all. And similar experiences from other people.

I'm not sure that US diesel is any different than European diesel, but I'd be interested to see data on that.


RE: Logic driven by profit
By euler007 on 8/26/2013 10:32:39 AM , Rating: 2
I don't ULSD is everywhere yet, but all it takes is one law and it's done.


RE: Logic driven by profit
By HangFire on 8/26/2013 3:06:02 PM , Rating: 1
Since the passage of ULSD (Ultra low-sulfer diesel fuel) regulations, the quality of US Diesel has been superb. The problems with Ford F250 diesels is that they are designed and made by Ford. Cummins diesels in same-size trucks have no such problem. Volkswagon diesels are superb. Ford is well known for blaming others for their quality problems; F150 spark plugs, 2012 Focus transmissions, etc.

Of course any underground fuel storage can be subject to water infiltration; including gasoline. That is a known issue and nothing to do with the quality of the fuel itself.


RE: Logic driven by profit
By superstition on 8/26/2013 5:31:13 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Since the passage of ULSD (Ultra low-sulfer diesel fuel) regulations, the quality of US Diesel has been superb.


Nope.

While the quality, in terms of sulfur content, dramatically improved, the lubricity and cetane are subpar.

The EMA (Engine Manufacturers' Association), of which VW and Bosch are a part, came out with a white paper in 2005 arguing that the lubricity of US diesel is inadequate and will lead to premature wear (longevity problems) for fuel pumps. The same thing has been reiterated by the EMA since then. It's interesting how so many car buffs know nothing about this.

In addition to poor lubricity, the cetane standard (40 minimum) isn't as good as what's available in much of Europe.


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