BY BOB HOLT
The trend of ârolling coalâ allows a diesel vehicle driver to modify their trucks so they will blow black soot at a vehicle behind them. Often their smoke is directed at a hybrid or electric car.
In New Jersey, coal rolling might become illegal because one truck driver aimed his smoke at an electric car driven by a New Jersey politician.
Yahoo Autos reported that New Jersey Assemblyman Tim Eustace will introduce a bill that prohibits "retrofitting diesel-powered vehicles to increase particulate emissions for the purpose of âcoal rollingâ". "People had been telling me this has been going on, but I hadnât seen it," Eustace said.
Eustace, who drives an electric Nissan Leaf, had his car covered with black smoke while driving on the New Jersey Turnpike. NJ.com reported that the offending pickup truck was raised, and had a smoke stack. Eustace doesnât see rolling coal as an environmental statement, and called it âyouthful ignorance.â
According to Daily Kos, drivers are spending from $1,000 to $5,000 modifying their pickups to roll coal by adding smoke stacks and smoke switches, which fool the engine into thinking it requires more gas. Obviously the soot emitted can make it extremely difficult for the affected driver to see out of the windshield,