Diesel vehicles get more mpg, but the government puts higher taxes on their fuel

Business Week has a discussion here in their article on why Ford won't be selling its 65 mpg car in the US.

Yet while half of all cars sold in Europe last year ran on diesel, the U.S. market remains relatively unfriendly to the fuel. Taxes aimed at commercial trucks mean diesel costs anywhere from 40 cents to $1 more per gallon than gasoline. . . .

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another factor in the European preference for diesel is their refiniers use different processes optimized to get more diesel from a barrel of crude, while US refiniers are optimized toward gasoline production.

This makes the addition of diesel cars to the US market more difficult than in Europe.

-From Road + Track magazine of several months ago.

9/08/2008 5:37 AM  

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