Diesel Could Outsell Gas in U.S.

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The Detroit Bureau - March 12, 2013

The num­ber of diesel mod­els avail­able in U.S. show­rooms is soon to expected to dou­ble, accord­ing to one trade group, with demand for gas stay­ing fairly flat.

Get an update on diesel mod­els and popularity.

The Chevro­let Cruze diesel is one of a wave of new “oil-burners” com­ing to the U.S. market.

The num­ber of diesel mod­els avail­able in U.S. show­rooms is soon to expected to dou­ble, accord­ing to one trade group, and though many Amer­i­cans are still skep­ti­cal about the energy-dense fuel, the increase in demand could soon lead to diesel sur­pass­ing gaso­line as the most pop­u­lar trans­porta­tion fuel, fore­casts energy giant Exxon­Mo­bil.

Where demand for gaso­line will stay fairly flat in com­ing decades, pre­dicts a new report, sales of diesel will rapidly grow – much of that increase dri­ven by the com­mer­cial vehi­cles sector.

The study also sees a grow­ing role for hybrid-electric trans­porta­tion, though even com­bined with plug-ins and pure battery-electric vehi­cles, or BEVs, Exxon­Mo­bil envi­sions “elec­tri­fied” vehi­cles will still account for less than half of the global mar­ket by 2040.

Diesel will surge past gaso­line as early as 2020, and con­tinue to gain share for at least another two decades, fore­casts the company’s new study, “Out­look for Energy: A View to 2040.” Over the more than a quar­ter cen­tury cov­ered by the report, diesel demand is expected to account for 70% of the growth in all trans­porta­tion fuels.

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