CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 2007 |
Prepare for congestion -- even more than usual -- on the Harbor Freeway this morning. Beginning at 8 a.m., a convoy of 100 diesel trucks plans to travel southbound in one lane of the freeway from South Los Angeles near Exposition Park, and then cross the Vincent Thomas Bridge to the Port of Long Beach, a trip expected to take about two hours. The convoy will be led by a hearse, which symbolizes premature deaths caused by pollution emitted at the port. "It could cause traffic headaches.
May 23, 2007 |
BEFORE you even start, no, you can't have it. The BMW 330d -- powered by a hugely entertaining 3.0-liter twin-turbo-diesel that gets about 40-plus miles per gallon -- isn't sold in the United States. But it could be, with a little grass-roots support. And that's why Honeywell Turbo Technologies -- the supplier of the variable-vane turbos BMW uses in its diesels -- dropped off one of its engineering mules at the L.A. Times garage. A little marketing never hurt anyone.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2007 |
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the nation's busiest seaport complex, are proposing an "unprecedented" overhaul of dockside trucking that officials say would slash diesel pollution from trucks by 80% in five years while improving domestic security and working conditions for drivers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2006 |
Around the corner they rumbled, hundreds of aging tractor-trailers gunning to get another load into Terminal S at the Port of Long Beach. But on a recent weekday, air brakes hissed as drivers were pulled over by air pollution enforcement crews. The short-haul diesel trucks, which ferry cargo between the docks, rail yards and area warehouses, are one tiny leg in the global journey of goods between Asia and the United States.
October 25, 2006 |
A drive up the Long Beach Freeway, trapped between a dozen soot-belching big rigs from the port, is a good example of why diesel engines have such a lousy reputation in this country. Motorists know diesel not only from the tremendous air quality problems caused by big trucks and ships that ply waters off the coast, but from the clanking engines of the 1970s-era Mercedes-Benz cars and the kerosene-like odors that announce their arrival.
October 15, 2006
Regarding "Analyst Backtracks on Hybrids," Oct. 5: I read with dismay that analyst Philip Gott has changed his thoughts about hybrid autos and sees diesels as more promising. He didn't speak with me, or any of the other hybrid owners with whom I speak. I couldn't be happier. Although my primary motivation for buying my Toyota Prius was environmental, I am enjoying my once-monthly visit to the gas station. I am getting 48 to 51 miles per gallon, and at $2.60 a gallon, my last tank cost me $25. The next time you're stuck in the parking lot known as the Los Angeles freeway system, especially during a SigAlert, consider all your fellow motorists and their idling engines, spewing out their hydrocarbons into our air.
October 5, 2006 |
Sticker shock -- compounded by what might be called odometer shock -- has turned off many would-be buyers of gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles. And that has prompted an influential analyst to reduce his forecast for the growth of hybrids in the global auto market. Sometimes-stiff price premiums and disappointing real-world fuel economy are taking some of the luster off hybrids just as diesel engines are starting to shine, Global Insight Inc. forecaster Philip Gott said.
September 28, 2006 |
Mercedes-Benz said it would introduce to the U.S. market in 2008 three diesel models capable of meeting tough California emissions standards. The M and GL sport utility vehicles and R-Class sport wagons would use a 3.0-liter, V-6 diesel that could achieve 35 miles per gallon. The engines would be outfitted with a system, called Bluetec, that sprays a solution of chemical urea into the exhaust stream to reduce harmful emissions.
September 1, 2006 |
Six weeks ahead of the rest of the nation, California will roll out a new kind of diesel fuel today that promises to be easier on the environment but may be harder on trucking company profits. Those higher costs could end up squeezing consumers who buy the products carried by truck or drive diesel-powered cars. The cleaner fuel, called ultra-low sulfur diesel, is nearly free of sulfur, a substance that corrodes an engine's pollution-control equipment.
August 22, 2006 |
Ford Motor Co. said its 2008 Super Duty F-Series pickup trucks would feature a diesel engine with emission filters that, combined with low-sulfur diesel fuel for sale nationally beginning in October, would cut sooty emissions to gasoline engine levels. The trucks go on sale early next year. Although more fuel efficient than gas engines, diesels have been far dirtier because of the high levels of unburned fuel, called particulates, in their exhaust.