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Published on July 3rd, 2013 | by Nicholas Brown

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Study: Diesel Vehicles Have Lower Cost Of Ownership Than Gas Vehicles

audi-tdiA study conducted by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute has shown that over a lifetime of ownership, diesel-fueled vehicles tend to have a lower cost of ownership than conventional gasoline-fueled vehicles.

Owners of diesel-powered vehicles saved $2,000 to $6,000 after just three to five years of ownership, making up most if not all of the price premium many diesel vehicles carry. In fact, that extra cost is even factored into the study. The study is titled: “Total Cost of Ownership: A Gas Versus Diesel Comparison”, and it was conducted for Robert Bosch LLC.

The results of the study were released at theĀ 2013 Alternative Clean Transportation Expo in Washington D.C., and come to the following conclusion.

“Overall, the results of our analyses show that diesel vehicles provide owners with a TCO (total cost of ownership) that is less than that of the gas versions of the same vehicles. The estimates of savings for three and five years of ownership vary from a low of $67 in three years to a high of $15,619 in five years, but most of the savings are in the $2,000 to $6,000 range, which also include the extra cost that is usually added to the diesel version of a vehicle.”

Some people are understandably concerned that diesel-powered vehicles won’t save much money, if any due to high diesel prices. With cars like the Chevy Cruze Diesel carrying a $6,000 premium over a comparable gas model, it is understandable that some people are skeptical of diesel cars. Then again, a diesel-powered Volkswagen Passat TDI just accomplished nearly 78 mpg on an 8,000 mile, cross country trip, something your average gas-powered car can only dream of. No wonder diesel sales are up.

Yhanks to superior fuel economy and lower maintenance costs, diesel vehicles can prove to be real money-savers, especially for anyone who does a lot of driving, and this study backs up what diesel owners have known for decades.

Source: Autoblog Green




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  • UncleB

    Diesels run on reclaimed waste oil! Bio Diesel, even veggie oil! Hemp Oil soon to be popular in Canada, and fish oils too! With oil at $100.00 /bbl and pump prices about to soar, the alternate oils will soon become popular. Even corn oil? Who knows what’s coming?America! Brace yourselves! Electrics right around the corner! China bids ever higher with ever stronger Yuan for world oil supplies making Solar Wind Wave, Hydro Tidal, Geothermal, Biological and eve Thorium energy sources look very inviting. China has bought out the Canadian Tar Sands and will soon have dibs on most the oil on earth and the ability to out bid America for it – business is business? We gotta go electric or walk! Methane form humanure and FF manure anaerobically digested looks better every day too. Free fuel?

  • Alex

    Have you looked at what’s happening in France with diesel? It is not a solution for the environment. Diesel cars may emit less CO2 and have a lower fuel consumption, but they emit other, nastier stuff, and also micro particles that have been studied to be carcinogenic. I live in Paris, and I can assure you that after coming back from a year in the US, I could SMELL the diesel pollution.

  • Jason Carpp

    If that’s the case, then why aren’t more diesel vehicles sold here in North America, and in particular, the United States? Diesel may not be for everyone, but so what? If you can afford to buy the car, truck, van, or SUV, then you should be able to drive it. Nevermind what the “market” says people want. What do the marketing people know about what we, as car buyers want, or need?

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