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Thought Leaders Discuss the Role of Advanced Diesel Technology

“Climate change is the existential crisis of our time, and we must work together to solve it.”

Tom Linebarger, Cummins Inc. Chairman/CEO, and Jennifer Rumsey, Cummins Inc. President/COO, January 2022


“An opportunity is being missed if renewable synthetic fuel derived from hydrogen and CO2 remains off-limits in road transport. Climate action is not about the end of the internal-combustion engine.” It’s about the end of fossil fuels. And while electromobility and green charging power make road transport carbon neutral, so do renewable fuels.”

Volkmar Denner, Past Chairman, Board of Management – Bosch, April 2021


“We’re in an exciting time for diesel engine development. After years refining our technologies to meet subsequent levels of emissions regulations, we can now leverage those technologies in new ways to achieve impressive results.”

"The demands of the off-highway market will continue to remain the same – which requires the energy density that comes from diesel and is not currently available from fully electric solutions.

“The role of diesel use will likely evolve when smaller applications can meet the same off-highway performance requirements with alternative systems. However, diesel will likely continue to be the main energy source in heavy-duty applications.”

Michael Lefebvre, Worldwide Manager – Marketing, John Deere Power Systems, March 2021


“More efficient internal combustion engines and a diverse set of fuels will have to be a significant part of the solution. That is especially true for – heavy trucks, buses, trains, and vessels. In trucking and rail, diesel engines are likely to remain the technology of choice for decades. We can reduce emissions through the use of clean diesel and even renewable diesel."

U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (ENR), March 2021


“I’m not in favor of demonizing the oil and gas industry. Because like we can’t stop instantaneously and not have oil and gas. You know, like, we’ll likely die of starvation basically. We’re going to need to burn fossil fuels for a long time—the question is just at what rate do we move to a sustainable energy future. So, I think we should probably move there faster than slower." 

Elon Musk, CEO, Tesla, February 2021


“If we're gonna get to net zero emissions by 2050, we cannot do it without coal, oil, gas being part of the mix. We must use those technologies to keep people employed, to clean up and to remain energy independent."

Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm, January 2021


“The science supporting the carbon reduction potential of renewable fuels grows in importance by the day. Studies documenting the lifecycle emissions of biodiesel—including feedstocks, potential indirect land use change, and the fuel production process—show that the carbon reduction potential of our member’s products is increasing. Our consistent message to all stakeholders, Biodiesel: Better, Cleaner, Now, is backed resoundingly by current science.

Matt Herman, Director of Environmental Science, Clean Fuels Alliance America, January 2021


“A Biden-Harris Administration will promote and advance renewable energy, ethanol, and other biofuels to help rural America and our nation’s farmers,and will honor the critical role the renewable fuel industry plays in supporting the rural economy and the leadership role American agriculture will play in our fight against climate change.”

 President Biden, November 2020


“As we think about zero emissions and the path to zero emissions, that change will depend on the energy sources that are available — and also on the applications and regional infrastructure and local regulations around the world. That path to zero will involve a mix of energy-convergent technologies that will use diverse carbon-neutral and renewable energy sources.”

Wayne Eckerle, Vice President of Research, Cummins Inc., November 2020


“A consistent message we convey is that we see diesel being around for many years to come, we also expect it to become cleaner and more efficient. Diesel also meets specific power requirements for customer needs that current alternate technologies are not able to competitively meet. Major improvements have been made and there is no reason to expect engineering to slow down now. Emissions reduction is still possible with technologies coming from the on-highway sector focused on reducing NOx output and other constituents. Efficiency gains will be realized through downsizing opportunities, smarter powertrain integration, wider adoption of features like Start/Stop, etc. Diesel still has a long runway and many exciting future advancements should be expected.”

Eric Neal, Executive Director, Cummins Off-Highway Business, October 2020


“Incentivizing modern combustion engines can accelerate the vehicle fleet’s renewal, which would also help the environment and the climate.”

Dr. Stefan Hartung, Chair of the Robert Bosch GmbH board of management and chair of the Mobility Solutions business sector, October 2020


Ultra-low NOx and PM emissions are attributed to Cummins Single Module aftertreatment system which integrates DPF and SCR technologies into one easier-to-install package. “The result is a win-win for OEMs and end-users. As well as meeting the power requirements of the sector and the need to reduce emissions, these smaller, lighter, cleaner diesel technologies lower installation costs for OEMs, giving them the opportunity to improve machine capability. Operators can also reduce emissions at the point of use without impacting productivity.”

Steve Nendick, Marketing Communications Director, Off-Highway, Cummins Inc., October 2020


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