June 13, 2007 10:54pm CST
in the news paper today i read that in the usa we only have 5% diesel car on the road, vs 50% over in europe, now if you ask me, i would tell you that we are far behind on saving gas, because avgerage diesel vehichle get about 40 miles per gallons, and it is cleaner and better for the earth, so i am just wondering how come we fall so far behind vs europe in diesel car, speicaly with the oil price jumping, you would think we would mass production on them, but nothing new going to come out till 2009 the earliest, i would think after the muscle car era car company would have started early. i hope we could catch up with the rest of the world soon.
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14 Jun 07
I think that European 50% is rather 70-75%. Because all the trucks use diesel. Perhaps the 50% of family cars use diesel. And yes, we have diesel car too. And we always will have. A diesel car is a little more expensive, but the price of diesel is cheaper. The trend in Europe is the vegetable oil. Which is the most environment friendly. I wonder if there are gas station in USA with vegetable oil. In my country now it is forbidden still, because of the taxes. But in western Europe it is normal. For example, you know Austria is by Hungary. If you full your car in Austria with vegetable oil, you must keep the bill, to prove, that you bought it outside of HUngary. The vegetable oil is MUCH more cheaper from diesel even!! In fact there are the possibilities already in Hungary too for the manufacturing, but the government should change the LAW. But they do not want to change it, because they would loose huge amount of taxes.
• United States
14 Jun 07
^We don't have many biodiesel plants, but there are a few. The reason for this is the low percentage of diesel cars. Sorry if I don't feel like driving 2 hours to Cape Canaveral to buy a different kind of fuel. I'm all for using diesels, but in the USA, you can hardly buy them anywhere for some reason. The only place you'll see them is on large trucks.
21 Jun 07
I am in Europe and you are right, there is many diesel cars here. I have a car that consumes gasoline. Diesel only pays here if you drive a lot. Not only the engine is more expnsive but the tax is way higher ( this is something like a yearly license plate fee). I do not drive much so I have normal gas. People who drive long distances yearly have diesel cars. Trucks, small trucks, too, often run on bio diesel but since they get taxed higher, too, there is fewer. One can get biodiesel at a gas station, if one gets it from a fast food place the exhaust smells definitively like french fries. Taxis and other cars run on gas and I do not mean gasoline but something similar to propane. And lately there is much talk about hybrid cars.