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Denso, the Japanese fuel system supplier, says it will achieve common-rail system nozzle pressures as high as 3000bar in the foreseeable future. That implies an ability to start injection later in the cycle, closer to top-dead-centre, together with earlier cut-off, thereby achieving more complete combustion of the fuel, to the benefit of consumption and particulate emissions.

We Know Diesel Engines

Today’s Diesel engines are electronically sophisticated. They rely on computers to provide optimum timing, fuel control and emission system. Varying temperatures and load conditions can also cause stress on the engines.

Here at the Diesel Service Centre at Western Turbo, we know Diesel Engines. We use OEM-specific scan tools and software from each manufacturer.  We work with only the latest applications. Our service techs are trained in all aspects of the diagnostics equipment to provide the best service possible for your Diesel vehicle.

Bring in your Diesel vehicle today for service. (If you ‘like’ us on Facebook, you can receive a Free Scan and Report).

Why Diesel is Better

Anyone who has spent any time in Europe knows that our cousins across the Atlantic like their diesels. Here in North America, however, diesel engines are primarily used for commercial work and transport vehicles. The disparity between our continents regarding the popularity of diesel is basically a function of economics and ecological concerns.

In fact, the cost of diesel in Europe is actually lower than gas, quite the opposite of what we experience at the pumps on this side of the pond. Also, the aforementioned ecological concerns are shared on both shores, just based on different measures. In other words, diesel is popular over there because it is actually cleaner in some respects than gasoline. Urea-based additives have reduced the toxicity of diesel emissions. Plus, diesel engines typically have a 40% better fuel economy than their gas-powered counterparts which, conversely, results in fewer greenhouse gases.

Additionally, diesel engines are more efficient fuel burning engines, so that more of the fuel goes to propelling the vehicle, and less of it is wasted. So, although diesel is still not quite a completely clean alternative to gas, it contributes less pollution into the environment per gallon than gas. Coupled with the advancements in bio-diesel, the case for diesel becomes even stronger.

Another seldom considered side benefit of diesel powered engines lies in their durability versus gas equivalents. Diesel engines last longer, stay on the road longer, and can accumulate more mileage before needing to be repaired, rebuilt or replaced, all of which themselves require energy consumption.

Now about those prices at the pumps. Did you know that diesel fuel is actually less expensive to manufacture than gas? That’s right. The higher price for diesel in North America is all about demand, not cost of refinement.

So let’s recap what we’ve learned thus far. Diesel fuel:
– is cheaper to make;
– provides 40% better fuel economy than gas on average;
– is cleaner than ever and getting cleaner as we speak thanks to bio-diesel;

Sounds like a winner to us.

Diesel vs. Hybrid vs. Electric

The cost of gasoline has many motorists scrambling for fuel alternatives, and the choices are loaded with pros and cons. The ramifications of selecting a standard among them are far-reaching and complex; so choosing one option over the others is understandably a difficult choice for the individual to make as well.

Electric vehicles have been around for decades now, but have yet to emerge as a practical alternative for a number of reasons. Public reluctance to embrace the technology due to range limitations inherent to their design and the need for frequent recharges are just two of them. As battery technology improves and car makers invest fully in the manufacture of electric-powered models, this may all change. For now, though, the price tag simply isn’t justified for a viable option.

Hybrid vehicles were developed as a best-of-both-worlds approach to the emissions and cost liabilities of gasoline power, and the limited functionality of battery-power. Technology varies to some degree from one model to another, but the basic concept of hybrids is to switch from one power mode to the other based on driving conditions, and recharging of the battery(ies) is done via an on-board alternator, much like conventional car batteries.  Currently, though, hybrids are priced beyond an owner’s ability to recoup the initial cost of ownership via fuel savings. Without government subsidies or incentives to provide the necessary nudge, going hybrid is just beyond the reach of many consumers.

Diesel fuel has been the  preferred means of automotive propulsion in Europe for many years, and there’s good reason. It’s easier and cheaper to refine than gasoline. Diesel provides on average 40% better fuel economy than a gas-powered equivalent engine. Urea-based additives and bio-diesel alternatives are making it a cleaner option than in the past. It can even be argued that since it requires less diesel fuel to drive the same mileage than with gas, it’s even cleaner. All this not to mention that they last longer and wear better than gasoline engines.

Improvements in each arena are likely to change the automotive landscape significantly over the coming years. With those changes will come a corresponding change in their public appeal. In the meantime, however, the case for diesel remains strong.