As the Volkswagen diesel car emissions scandal continues to make headlines around the world, nonprofit organization the Diesel Technology Forum has issued a statement regarding clean diesel vehicles in the U.S.
Although the group notes it ‘does not comment on specific cases or circumstances involving individual companies and enforcement actions by the government,’ the organization says, ‘these circumstances have raised questions about diesel technology in general,’ so it offers the following statement:
The circumstances involving a single manufacturer do not define an entire technology, or an industry. Vehicle manufacturers and engine makers have invested billions of dollars in research and development to successfully meet the most aggressive emissions standards in the world. They continue to work closely and cooperatively with the Environmental Protection Agency, California Air Resources Board, international regulatory bodies, as well as environmental and other interest groups toward common goals.
Nothing has changed the fact that the diesel engine is the most energy-efficient internal combustion engine. It is a proven technology, and its unique combination of efficiency, power, reliability, performance, low-emissions and suitability for using renewable fuels ensures a place for diesel technology to help meet the demands of a global economy.
We are also confident that consumers will continue to find the new generation of clean diesel cars, trucks and SUVs as a competitive choice to meet their personal transportation needs.
Finally, it is important to focus forward on the significant accomplishments of an entire industry that developed and refined clean diesel technology to what it is today – a key strategy in achieving current and future energy and climate goals.
(To learn more about the Volkswagen scandal, click here.)