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First U.S. Diesel Car

Submitted by on January 3, 2012 – 8:54 am

Profile America — Tuesday, January 3rd. Concern over the price of oil along with air quality has renewed interest in the U.S. about cars powered with diesel engines. The first trip by a diesel-powered car in the U.S. began on this day in 1930, when C.L. Cummins drove a converted Packard sedan from Indianapolis, arriving in New York City three days later. He covered just under 800 miles for a total fuel cost of $1.38. Compared to regular gasoline engines, diesels get far more miles per gallon. Each year in the U.S., motor vehicles use 168 billion gallons of fuel –averaging just over 17½ miles per gallon. Profile America is produced by the U.S. Census Bureau: Measuring America–People, Places, and Our Economy.

Sources: Kane’s Famous First Facts, 5474 Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 1102 http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2012edition.html

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