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Banks: Clean diesel offers more power, improved fuel economy and reduced emissions

Clean diesel engine technology challenges traditional thinking; Trade-offs not required
Las Vegas, Nev. — When consumers understand the advantages of today’s clean diesel power, it turns conventional thinking about diesel on its head, explained Gale Banks, chief executive officer of Gale Banks Engineering, and a featured speaker at the Alternative Fuels & Vehicles National Conference + Expo. The conference runs through Wednesday, May 14, at the Rio All-Suite Hotel.

“With clean diesel power, drivers can have approximately 30 percent better fuel economy and 50 percent more torque, as well as reduce emissions by up to 25 percent, when compared to gasoline-powered passenger car engines. With clean diesel no longer are fuel economy and performance mutually exclusive,” Banks said.

Speaking at a reception sponsored by Robert Bosch LLC on Monday night, Banks said, “Clean diesel provides guilt-free performance.” Gale Banks Engineering, based in Azusa, Calif., is the premier producer of power systems for gas and diesel trucks and motor homes.

A long-time diesel enthusiast, Banks speaks from experience. His 50-year-old, 200-employee engineering firm has built its business around supplying performance parts to the recreational vehicle and aftermarket industry. His high-performance vehicles include a diesel-powered pickup that reached a record 217 miles per hour at the Bonneville Salt Flats while achieving 24 miles per gallon driving home at more moderate speeds.

Bosch is a leading supplier of automotive technologies and the developer of the common rail diesel injection system. As concerns grow over the environment and fuel economy, clean diesel technology provides an alternative for consumers and automakers. Bosch estimates the North American market for light-diesel vehicles will reach 15 percent of new vehicle sales by 2015.

This year clean diesel passenger vehicles are being introduced that meet emissions standards in all 50 states. According to The Diesel Technology Forum and other news sources, diesel-powered vehicles in the U.S., initially from automakers Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and VW, will be joined shortly by clean diesel vehicles from several other automakers, including Acura, Chrysler, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Honda, Hyundai, Toyota, Ford and General Motors.

With an average 30 percent better fuel efficiency than comparable gasoline powertrains, diesel could help the U.S. curb its dependency on foreign oil. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that if a third of American passenger cars ran on diesel, the U.S. could save as much as 1.4 million barrels of oil per day. The infrastructure to supply diesel for these new vehicles already exists, since diesel fuel is available in nearly 50 percent of the fueling stations in the U.S.

Over the years, development of clean diesel technology has been greatly influenced by high-pressure diesel-injection systems from Bosch. With the introduction of common rail fuel injection technology in 1997, Bosch brought a new dimension to the diesel engine market that delivered cleaner, quieter, more efficient and responsive vehicles. Bosch’s advances in diesel technology have helped position the company as a leader in powertrain development and a factor in motor sports. Bosch sponsors the American Le Mans Series champion Audi R10 TDI race team.

For more information about the Alternative Fuels & Vehicle Conference + Expo, go to http://www.afvi.org/NationalConference2008/

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology, some 272,000 associates generated sales of 46.1 billion euros ($63.2 billion) in fiscal 2007. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 300 subsidiary and regional companies in over 50 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Bosch spends more than three billion euros each year for research and development, and in 2006 applied for over 3,000 patents worldwide. The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as "Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering."

In North America, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial automation and mobile products, power tools and accessories, security technology, thermo-technology, packaging equipment and household appliances. Bosch employs approximately 25,000 associates in more than 80 locations throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico, with reported sales of $9.5 billion in fiscal 2007. For more information on the company, visit www.boschusa.com.

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Alternative Fuels and Vehicles - May 2008


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