Green Car of the Year tour focuses on clean diesel at Argonne

By Angela HardinAugust 17, 2010

CHICAGO—Green Car Journal’s first-ever Green Car of the Year Tour™ is taking the ‘green car’ message on the road to a media-only event this Friday, August 20, at Argonne National Laboratory, located 30 miles outside of Chicago.

Argonne’s Center for Transportation Research will share information about its exciting work involving clean diesel technology and fuels, plus other activities focused on advanced and efficient powertrains. This initial Green Car of the Year Tour™ stop will also offer media the ability to drive some of the most celebrated diesel models in the U.S market. Media drives begin at 8:00 a.m. on August 20 with Argonne presentations at 9:30 a.m. and lab tours to follow. Advance security clearance is required.

"The growing importance of clean diesel vehicles in the U.S. is clear,” says Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and editor of GreenCar.com. “In an era where exotic and expensive technologies are often discussed as exclusive answers to our transportation challenges, today’s modern diesel technology can bring an average 25 percent reduction in CO2 emissions and 30 percent better fuel efficiency now, at reasonable cost and proven durability.”

A top story now running on GreenCar.com discusses what makes clean diesel different and how it achieves its greater efficiency—and why some think that clean diesel could become the ‘Next Big Thing.’ Other clean diesel-related top stories posting this week on GreenCar.com include a drive test of VW’s all-new 2011 Jetta TDI and a 5,000 mile long-term test review of Audi’s 2010 A3 TDI.

Audi, Volkswagen, and Bosch are participating in the Green Car of the Year Tour™ activities at Argonne. The Audi A3 TDI, Green Car Journal’s 2010 Green Car of the Year®, achieves an EPA estimated 42 mpg highway fuel economy, resulting in reduced petroleum use and significantly lower CO2 greenhouse gas emissions. VW’s Jetta TDI, the 2009 Green Car of the Year®, also achieves an estimated 42 mpg on the highway with its advanced 2.0-liter TDI clean diesel engine.

Green Car of the Year Tour™ sponsor Robert Bosch LLC – which has been advancing diesel technology for the past 80 years – manufacturers the common rail piezo injectors, fuel pump, and sophisticated electronic engine controls that help these vehicles achieve their high fuel economy and low emissions, while also meeting 50-state emissions certification.

About Argonne

Argonne National Laboratory seeks solutions to pressing national problems in science and technology. The nation's first national laboratory, Argonne conducts leading-edge basic and applied scientific research in virtually every scientific discipline. Argonne researchers work closely with researchers from hundreds of companies, universities, and federal, state and municipal agencies to help them solve their specific problems, advance America's scientific leadership and prepare the nation for a better future. With employees from more than 60 nations, Argonne is managed by UChicago Argonne, LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.

About Green Car Journal

Ron Cogan’s Green Car Journal, the award-winning magazine that focuses on the intersection of automobiles, energy, and environment, has been widely recognized as the leading authority in the field since the title launched in 1992. The magazine’s editors present features from an auto enthusiast perspective that celebrates the excitement of vehicle ownership while emphasizing the need for improved environmental performance. GreenCar.com presents this authoritative information online, offering hundreds of in-depth features and technical articles on ‘green’ cars of all types. Like Green Car Journal, GreenCar.com articles benefit from the perspective of auto and technology writers with decades of behind-the-wheel experience testing cars and providing a realistic look at the vehicles, technologies, and fuels that are shaping our transportation future.

SOURCE: PR Newswire.