Tuning diesel trucks is causing huge environmental damageNovember 30, 2020
According to a study by the United States Environmental Agency (EPA), heavy modernization of diesel engines used in modern trucks is leading to an increase in harmful emissions into the atmosphere.
Tuned trucks, whose diesel engines have undergone major upgrades, can pose a greater threat to the environment than originally thought. Earlier, research data from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was published. The published article provided a detailed explanation of the huge detrimental effect that modified diesel trucks are having on America’s air quality.
According to an EPA study, about 500,000 modified diesel trucks emit the same amount of pollutants, equivalent to 9 million standard trucks.
The report goes on to state that “over 570,000 tonnes of excess nitrogen oxides (NOx) and 5,000 tonnes of particulate matter (PM) will be emitted by these retrofitted trucks over their entire service life.” These numbers show the magnitude of the trend that needs to be reversed in order to maintain air quality.
When modifying a truck with a diesel engine, many owners remove all exhaust equipment in the name of increasing power. Unlike modern gasoline vehicles, diesel trucks have a more “powerful” emission system, which includes particulate filters, fluid injection systems and stronger catalytic converters. These systems can help the environment, but when used, the overall power and noise levels of the engines are reduced, which is exactly what truck enthusiasts crave.
Today’s diesel trucks are an engineering marvel that generates massive amounts of energy while being more environmentally friendly than their predecessors.
Not so long ago, AutoTimesNews wrote that Jaguar Land Rover could pay a multimillion-dollar penalty for CO2 emissions. The company has already set aside a substantial amount for this purpose.
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