A 23% increase in full-size diesel pickup truck sales over Q1 for 2019 shows demand for diesel vehicles as a clean alternative to gas is increasing according to the Diesel Technology Forum.
Diesel holds the largest share of alternative vehicle sales for Q2 of 2019 and has over 50 diesel-powered choices for consumers from light- and heavy-duty pickup trucks, crossovers and sedans.
“Diesel’s rugged power, towing capabilities, increased torque and outstanding driving range gets the job done, while at the same time helping the environment,” said Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum.
Recent advances in emission control technology, combined with the introduction of ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel in 2006, have improved performance, reduced engine noise and fuel odor, and decreased emissions near zero in today’s properly maintained vehicles.
“If every full-size pickup sold today in America were a diesel, we could realize more than 500 million gallons of fuel savings in year. This would work out to be the same greenhouse gas emission savings gained if all of Toyota’s passenger vehicle sales were all-electric. It demonstrates there are many ways to get meaningful reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and we should embrace them all,” said Schaeffer.