diesel car

United States
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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@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
14 Jun 07
I heard this sometime ago, that most cars running on diesel in Europe. Over here I don't hear many cars running on diesel. I heard diesel is more expensive but lasts longer.
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• United States
15 Jun 07
actually the only reason that diesel is more expenseive is that alot of people getting to the point know how to make their own bio-diesel fuel, and they are losting money over that
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@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
15 Jun 07
really? I thought they were already expensive before, just because they last longer.
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• United States
15 Jun 07
na it is all a cover so they can make more money off people, think of it, if you know an fuel that can use for cars would you want to sell it cheap or sell it as much as possible without getting yourself in trouble
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@polachicago (19075)
• United States
14 Jun 07
Diesel cars can run much longer. Mercedes Benz run on diesel can make up to 500000 miles and save much money on gasoline. I am not sure how safe it is for environment.
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• United States
14 Jun 07
it is alot safer than foiles fuel, now and days you can use vegetable and combine with other fuel, make it alot better for the earth than regualr fuel. http://www.biodiesel.com/why_biodiesel.htm
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@Dolcerina (3379)
• Hungary
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.
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@Dolcerina (3379)
• Hungary
14 Jun 07
yes, that is the biodiesel
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@polachicago (19075)
• United States
14 Jun 07
I see, biodiesel sounds good to me. No, we don't have it here in USA. It doesn't have much sense, we should have it here, because we have huge distances here to make every day. I wish I can just use my bike.
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@ocalhoun (199)
• 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.
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@anabella (80)
• United States
28 Jun 07
I want to learn more about it. I want new car that will run on water.
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• United States
1 Jul 07
i dont know about water, but there is car can run on pure achole but it is illegal i guess.
@Inky261 (2524)
• Germany
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.
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• United States
21 Jun 07
that is not good, tax is already high enough, i feel the pain for all those drive over there that has to pay more tax than here. over here people just start using vegetable oil to run in their car, we are way behinde