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US diesel and hybrid passenger vehicles

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According to data released by the Diesel Technology Forum, California, Texas and Florida lead the US in regards to the most registrations of fuel efficient clean diesel and hybrid passenger vehicles.

Illinois registrations have increased by 25%, Arizona by 15.5% and registrations in California have increase 11.3%.

However, the states with the most registered diesel vehicles, by percentage of all registered vehicles, are Wyoming (10.8%), Montana (8.1%) and Idaho (6.9%).

Allen Schaeffer, Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum, said: “Consumers there have long valued the high fuel efficiency and driving ranges of diesel vehicles, some which approach 800 miles on a single tank of fuel.”

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On a national scale, diesel registrations increased by 410 040 and hybrid registrations increased by 531 385. The analysis also showed that while overall diesel sales were up 30% in the 2010 – 2013 period, hybrid sales increased by 64.5%.

Schaeffer said: “We fully expect that hybrids would outpace diesel sales based on the number of choices available to consumers during this timeframe. In 2013, there were 23 diesel cars and SUV choices for consumers, but more than double that – 50 choices – of hybrids. We are poised, however, to see the number of clean diesel choices grow in the next 18 months to encompass more vehicle classes and price ranges will make diesels increasingly accessible to more consumers. Already we know of 16 announced new clean diesel options that are coming to the US later this year through 2017.

Clean diesel vehicles are 30% more efficient than gasoline

Schaeffer said: “Consumers have an ever growing number of choices for more fuel efficient vehicles and this analysis shows that clean diesels are gaining in popularity across the nation. Diesel car registrations are up 30% since 2010, while the overall market only increased 3.6%”.

“Clean diesel technology is likely to continue to grow in the US based on consumer acceptance of diesel as a clean and proven high fuel economy choice. Diesels are about 30% more fuel efficient than gasoline vehicles and do not require compromises in vehicle performance, driving patterns or vehicle utility.

“Clean diesel also deliver a competitive or superior total cost of ownership compared to other fuel efficient technologies. The increasing number of diesel offerings from manufacturers reflects their confidence in the technology and its importance as they select fuel efficient strategies to meet the 2025 higher fuel economy requirements”.

Adapted from press release by Emma McAleavey

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