TheKneeslider.com – Since we cover diesel motorcycles here, I thought it might be interesting to note this ethanol diesel blend called O2Diesel. I had never heard of this and ran across it yesterday. The benefits cited on their website are:
* O2Diesel™ is a “fill and go” clean diesel technology available for centrally-fueled fleets in large urban areas plagued with air quality problems.
* O2Diesel™ reduces diesel equipment regulated and unregulated exhaust emissions, including greenhouse gases.
* O2Diesel™ reduces harmful emissions from diesel engine exhaust including particulate matter, oxides of nitrogen, carbon monoxide, and carbon dioxide.
* O2Diesel™ provides cleaner combustion with decreased engine corrosion, reduced cylinder wear and extended lubricant life.
* O2Diesel™ can be used engines designed for conventional diesel fuel without special modifications or changes.
It seems like a good idea and is currently being used in trucks and buses. With the fast approaching clean diesel coming to our pumps this year, plus this technology, diesels are definitely moving into the clean zone.
It’s getting hard to keep all of the alternative fuels straight without some kind of reference. There are all of the various blends of ethanol and gasoline in varying percentages, diesel, clean diesel with low sulfur content, biodiesel made from all different kinds of feed stock and in various concentrations, straight vegetable oil when used with a preheater of some sort, and of course all of the various regional blends of gasoline in various octane ratings.
Let’s not forget, natural gas, hydrogen, both burned directly in the engine or used in a fuel cell and all of the electric power variations whether all electric or in a hybrid vehicle with a gasoline or diesel engine.
I probably left something out but the wide range of potential fuels is truly amazing. It also points out the difficulty of settling on any one with rapid improvements coming in so many areas, the best choice today could be a bad choice tomorrow. But if you find this type of technology interesting, this is a great time to be watching it and learning.