Profile America — Sunday, March 18th. Today marks the birthday of Rudolph Diesel, who invented the engine that bears his name. He unveiled his new device at the 1900 World's Fair, showing how it could run on peanut oil. Diesel engines have been widely successful in ships, locomotives, and big trucks. However, when it comes to cars, many in the U.S. continue to feel that diesel engines mean smoke, pollution and vibration, outweighing their greater fuel economy. The introduction of lower sulphur fuel and the development of advanced, quiet, and smooth designs has meant that half the cars sold in Europe are diesel-powered. Across the U.S., our cars and trucks use 168 billion gallons of fuel a year, a demand larger than our domestic crude oil production. Profile America is in its 15th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2012, p. 175 Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 1102
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