DTF Launches Learning Series

Aug. 24, 2015

Beginning Sept. 2, the Diesel Technology Forum will host a series of online web-based sessions on a range of topics including personal transportation choices, goods movement, rail and water transportation, emergency preparedness, agricultural productivity and efficiency, renewable fuels, construction efficiency and more. 

These sessions are part of DTF’s Web-based Learning Series that are designed for policymakers, researchers, media, consumers, students and others seeking the latest insight from leading experts in technology, policy, research and development.

The 60 minute interactive sessions include the presentation of new research, important insights and useful information on key policy issues including energy, environmental, climate, and economic choices in each of the topical areas.    

“Wanna Save Money: Buy a Diesel Car” – Sept. 2

The first webinar on Sept. 2, will feature the lead researcher in the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute which released a new study this summer comparing the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of diesel cars with gasoline cars.  To determine the TCO for diesel and gasoline vehicles researchers compiled and compared data on a variety of expenses including depreciation, fuel costs, repairs, fees and taxes, insurance, and maintenance.

In 2014, diesel vehicles made up about 3 percent of the total U.S. vehicle market while gasoline cars made up more than 90 percent of the market.

According to the report: “There are dramatic changes taking place in the U.S. automotive industry as it moves to meet stringent government mandated Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency (CAFE) requirements. Clean diesel engine technology represents one of the technologies companies are using to improve fuel economy. This report not only compares the fuel efficiency of clean diesel vehicles to comparable gasoline versions of the same vehicle (sold at auction during the 2012-2013 timeframe), but it also compares the total cost of ownership (TCO) between the two types of technologies.”

There is no cost for the webinars but space is limited.

“Diesel Cars Trucks and SUVs in the U.S.:  Customer and Societal Benefits, Challenges and Opportunities” – Sept. 23

Since 2005, the U.S. has experienced a renaissance in diesel for passenger cars and light trucks.  With the transition to cleaner diesel fuel and new technology engines, and a sharpening focus on future fuel efficiency requirements, diesels are poised to continue to grow in the U.S.  

This session will present new research findings that quantify the environmental and economic benefits for consumers in owning and operating a diesel car, truck or SUV, and societal benefits in fuel savings and emissions reductions.  The session will also feature a state of play for diesels in the U.S. today, including current and future models, market outlooks, and will also address key factors in the consideration of a diesel including fuel prices and availability of fuel stations.  

There is no cost for the webinars but space is limited.

Other sessions in the Learning Series include:

  • Power Up: State Initiatives To Enhance Readiness And Resiliency For Ensuring Continuous Electrical Operation For Key Businesses And Facilities During Grid Outages
  • Climate Change And Fuel Saving Impacts Of New Clean Diesel Technology In Commercial Trucks
  • Full Throttle:  Keeping the Goods Flowing and Boats and Barges Moving While Improving Efficiency and Reducing Emissions.  Innovations In Marine Workboats
  • Building The Future With Greater Efficiency And Fewer Emissions:  Meet The New Generation Of Construction Equipment
  • Recreational Marine Power And Reliability From New Technology Diesel Engines
  • Making America’s Farms Greener And More Efficient:  Advances In Farming Technology And The Tractor