Utility vehicles: New technology diesel trucks and vehicles to be featured at the Alternative Clean Transportation Expo in Washington DC

Commercial vehicles: According to event sponsors, the 2013 Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo is North America's largest alternative fuel and clean vehicle technology conference and expo -- representing electric, hybrid, hydrogen, natural gas, propane autogas, and renewable fuels.

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Washington, D.C.—Utility work trucks: New technology diesel advancements in both heavy-duty trucks and light-duty passenger vehicles will be showcased at the 2013 Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo at the Washington Convention Center from June 24-27 by the Diesel Technology Forum.

According to event sponsors, the 2013 Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo is North America's largest alternative fuel and clean vehicle technology conference and expo -- representing electric, hybrid, hydrogen, natural gas, propane autogas, and renewable fuels.

The Forum will display information about new technology diesel engines and display one of the newest diesel vehicles now available in the United States -­ the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel. Forum Executive Director Allen Schaeffer will also participate in an Executive Roundtable -- "State of the Union: An Overview of the Alternative Fuel Industry in 2013 and Key Issues for the Road Ahead". The roundtable will be moderated by New York Times energy reporter Matthew L. Wald and will include:

• Roy Willis, Chief Executive Officer, Propane Education & Research Council
• Marty Durbin, Chief Executive Officer, America¹s Natural Gas Alliance
• Allen Schaeffer, Executive Director, Diesel Technology Forum
• Brian Wynne, President, Electric Drive Transportation Association
• Peter Lehner, Executive Director, Natural Resources Defense Council

Diesel is going to remain the “dominant” growth fuel in transportation for several decades to come, according to U.S. and international energy and transportation experts.

• ExxonMobil: Diesel will surpass gasoline as the number one global transportation fuel by 2020. Diesel demand will account for 70% of the growth in demand for all transportation fuels through the forecast period to 2040. Although natural gas will play a greater role as a transportation fuel by 2040, it will remain only a small share of the global transportation fuel mix, at 4 percent by 2040, up from today’s 1 percent, according to ExxonMobil¹s forecast.

• The World Energy Outlook: Diesel fuel will remain the “dominant” growth fuel between now and 2035, according to the International Energy Agency. Globally, the report suggests the possibility of only a two percent share of natural gas in the heavy-duty transport market by 2035.

• The National Petroleum Council in its 2012 report “Advancing Technology for America’s Transportation Future” for the U.S. Department of Energy stated: “Diesel engines will remain the powertrain of choice for HD (heavy-duty) vehicles for decades to come because of their power and efficiency."

New Technology Diesel Engines & Fuel Facts:
With more than 80 percent of cargo in the U.S. transported by diesel power and more than 90 percent worldwide, advancements in diesel technology is playing a major role in improving fuel efficiency and reducing vehicle emissions.

The new generation of clean diesel technology, ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel, cleaner engines and advanced emissions control technology, provides both environmental and economic benefits to the U.S. As policymakers look to promote cleaner, more fuel efficient technologies, its use will grow along with other competitive alternatives.

• More than 95 percent of all heavy-duty trucks are diesel-powered, as are a majority of medium-duty trucks.
• Emissions from today¹s diesel trucks and buses are near zero thanks to more efficient engines, more effective emissions control technology and the nationwide availability of ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel.
• New clean diesel technology has reduced emissions from heavy-duty diesel trucks and buses by 99 percent for nitrogen oxides (NOx) and 98 percent for particulate emissions.
• New ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel has reduced sulfur emissions by 97 percent.
• New diesel technology can reduce emissions form older diesel trucks and buses by as much as 90 percent.

Renewable Diesel Fuels and Biodiesel:
Diesel engines were originally invented to run on vegetable oils. Today, most diesel engines can run on high-quality blends of biodiesel with little modification as well as next-generation, drop-in renewable diesel fuels which offer even further benefits. This flexibility of the diesel platform can accelerate the introduction of these renewable diesel fuels across the economy.

While virtually all the renewable diesel fuel being produced in the U.S. today is biodiesel, next generation renewable diesel fuels, which offer additional economic and environmental benefits are quickly being developed. The Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Biomass Program is working with the private sector to further increase the availability of advanced biofuels to improve energy security, stimulate the economy and create green jobs.

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How do you keep up with the news on clean diesel? You can be a fan of DTF¹s Facebook page, follow us on Twitter @DieselTechForum, or subscribe to our YouTube channel @DieselTechForum. You can also subscribe to Diesel Direct, a monthly publication featuring the latest clean diesel news and activities of the Diesel Technology Forum by emailing dtf@dieselforum.org.

The Diesel Technology Forum is a non-profit national organization dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of diesel engines, fuel and technology. Forum members are leaders in clean diesel technology and represent the three key elements of the modern clean-diesel system: advanced engines, vehicles and equipment, cleaner diesel fuel and emissions-control systems.

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