Friday, August 23, 2013
Why choose a Diesel Engine over a ICE when Buying Your Next Car -- a Contribution from Ivy Delfin
The benefits of choosing a diesel engine
When deciding on your new car, one of the things at the very top of your list is probably going to be the energy efficiency of the vehicle. Earlier, this may just have meant buying a reliable car that doesn’t cost hundreds to keep on the road, but our idea of energy efficient has also come to include how the fuel used in the engine impacts on the environment. Petrol engines have been the most popular kind of engines since the invention of the common car, but it’s a wonder why diesel has typically only been the standard for industrial vehicles up until this point when there are so many advantages to having a diesel engine.
Diesel engines are an internal combustion engine, just like regular gasoline engines, converting chemical energy in fuel into mechanical energy. The mechanics involve moving pistons up and down inside cylinders, these pistons are connected to the crankshaft where the motion of the pistons moving up and down create the motion that turns the wheels. Unlike a petrol engine, a diesel engine has no spark plug, it takes in air and compresses it before injecting the fuel, the heat created from the compressed air is what lights the fuel that gets the engine moving.
Diesel engines get amazing mileage, generally they are up to 30 percent more fuel efficient than regular petrol engines meaning you don’t have to fill up as often. It contains more usable energy than petrol, thus making it more fuel efficient; it works by turning heat into energy rather than expelling heat like a petrol engine. However it does not offer the same performance as a petrol engine due to the fact that the engine has to work harder to use the energy.
Diesel engines are also built to withstand higher demands on it’s use making them last a lot longer than their petrol counterparts; they can withstand higher compression so they generally can go much longer without needing a tune-up, unlike petrol engines, adding to it’s efficiency. On that note, a diesel engine’s impact on the environment is lessened by the fact that diesel engines don’t release fumes like petrol does, it is also harder to burn so it is safer and won’t explode as easily as petrol. Another environmental benefit is the ease of running a diesel engine on alternative fuel. Regular gasoline engines can only accept petrol, otherwise they must be heavily modified to accept a more eco-friendly fuel. Diesel engines love biofuels, so start collecting that vegetable oil and feed your car!
If you don’t already have a diesel engine, there are plenty of companies, like Industrial Diesels, that supply diesel engines to convert your current vehicle, otherwise look for a diesel engine or energy efficient vehicle for your next car, it could end up saving you hundreds, even thousands, in the long run.
Ivy H Delfin
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