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I often just shake my head when I consider the government regulations and bad stigma that diesel technology receives in the USA. It's as though there is some hidden agenda to the promotion of unproven new technology found in electric cars, instead of providing Americans the option of selecting tried-and-true diesel technology that can be more efficient than electric power when one also considers durability or longevity. The disappearance of a manual transmission option is another USA blunder, in my opinion.
I'm willing to try hybrid technology in the USA, but only if it's paired with a diesel engine and manual transmission, so maximum efficiency is achieved.
I believe there is an agenda, but not to further promote electric vehicles, it's to control the demand for
oil. More diesel powered cars and light duty trucks equal a significant drop in the demand for oil.
In 2007 the EPA tightened the standards for diesel emissions not to give us clean air but to bow to
pressure from oil money.
The pollution from electric vehicles has not yet been realized. In the future the pollution from the spent batteries of technology will be something similar to the Hanford Nuclear sites massive waste problem.
I own a "true rock climbing" Wrangler JK gas driven. I got it so I can go to remote places to camp, explore and hike with the grandkids.
For 10-20 thousand dollars I could refit a Diesel engine.
The gas model gets a maximum 17mpg at about 55mph. The range is substantially lower in 4 wheel drive. The 3.0 is available in a Liberty, only. The JK group is waiting and has been waiting for years for Chrysler to catch up with the foreign cars. I can't import one. Nor can I import Benz Diesels.
We have a 2007 Mercedes "SUV Diesel".....we get in excess of 32 miles to the gallon! And it has Great Torque for acceleration...but alas...it does not go 135 mph....why are we saddled with restrictions on models....VW has diesels, but we can't get Mercedes diesel models to the US.
The Nafta/Gafta restrictions? Who is getting screwed still by GMC? (etc.) . Good thing our airplanes aren't built by them.