Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Happy Birthday, Rudolph!

Rudolph Diesel invented the diesel engine in the 1930s. His birthday is March 18.

He would have been 150 years old this year.
Diesel engines have evolved from rattling, exhaust-belching machines into smoother running ‘green’ alternatives to gasoline engines. Many run on clean vegetable oil-based fuels or “biodiesel.” The folks at VW put the “bug” in my ear to remind us of Rudolph’s birthday … oh, and that the company offers a line of diesel vehicles for consumers. Inventors Digest will showcase alternative energy in May, when it will feature Jay Leno and his biodiesel EcoJet car on the cover. Stay tuned …

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