When the general public hears about diesel fuel’s role as the main power source for heavy-haul trucking, they can be quick to assume that these emissions are harmful to the environment. However, diesel truck engines are actually substantially cleaner than they were pre-dating the 1990s, reducing emissions by as much as 98%. To gain a clearer picture into how much less pollution these newer engines emit into the atmosphere, it is estimated that it would take 60 new diesel trucks to equal the same emissions as an older, pre-1988 diesel truck. As a matter of fact, it is estimated that more harmful particles are released from charbroiling one-third of a pound of hamburger meat than emissions released from driving a newer model diesel truck 140 miles. Because 95% of all heavy duty trucks use diesel fuel, this could mean that the future of heavy equipment transport is looking greener than ever.
While many are expecting a dramatic switch to electric fleets in the foreseeable future, diesel seems to get the job done nicely for heavy-haul truckers— the fuel offers a winning combination of durability, efficiency, power, and longevity. This, along with the additional switch to diesel technology that is clean and capable of extremely low emissions, may be a predictor that diesel will remain the powerhouse of heavy equipment transport. However, this progress will only carry into the future if trucking companies embrace this new technology—if not used, there are no environmental benefits or increased air purity. Luckily, just under half of all medium and heavy-haul trucks are using the newer 2007 model clean diesel engines, with Oklahoma, Indiana, Texas, and Utah adopting the new technology for more than half of their trucks.
Previously, proponents of more efficient and environmentally-safe trucking technology attempted to adopt natural gas trucks as an alternative to diesel—this only achieved marginal results. The amount of emissions lowered were the same as that of new diesel engines and grew the market less than 2% in eight years while costing California about $87 million dollars. There were also concerns about methane released from extracting natural gas, a caveat that some would argue defeat the purpose of making heavy equipment transfer more environmentally conscious.
At LTA Logistics, we are well-seasoned veterans in heavy-haul trucking and eagerly adopt any opportunities to make heavy duty transfer more efficient. If you are in need of a heavy equipment transporter, call (888) 502-0582 to learn more.