5 Interesting Facts About Diesel

Diesel is cleaner, safer and more efficient than you might imagine.

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As we often like to say, economies run on diesel. Whether you’re talking about fleets of vehicles, construction sites, farms or businesses that need backup power, diesel is a virtual necessity.

For decades, Tasha Fuels & Propane has provided diesel delivery to a range of commercial customers on Cape Cod and across Southeastern Massachusetts. We’re here for you if you require fleet fueling, on-site delivery, marine fuel, or some other diesel service.

Our diesel experts also know a thing or two about this fuel’s composition, uses and benefits. Here are five compelling facts about diesel fuel.

1. Diesel is low-sulfur.

Beginning in 2006, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began adjusting the emissions standards for diesel to lower its sulfur content. Today, the diesel used in American vehicles, generators, and other equipment is ultra-low sulfur. Its sulfur content is a mere 15 parts per million (ppm), compared to roughly 5,000 ppm before the EPA regulations. This significantly improves its effect on the environment and air quality. It also slows wear and tear on the equipment that runs on it!

2. On-road and off-road diesel are virtually identical

On- and off-road diesel are sold separately but are essentially the same fuel. The difference between them is their color, cost and intended usage.

3. Diesel engines are more efficient.

Gasoline engines have about 20 percent efficiency, so only one-fifth of the gas used in them actually propels the vehicle forward. By contrast, diesel engines have efficiencies of 40 percent and higher. This gives them better mileage than their gasoline-powered counterparts.

4. Diesel is much less flammable than gasoline.

In terms of its physical properties, diesel is denser than gasoline. It’s also much less flammable. If you dropped a lit match into a bucket of diesel, it would extinguish. In both vehicles and off-road equipment, diesel must be placed under extreme pressure and heat to combust.

5. Diesel is becoming greener every day!

More and more diesel-powered vehicles and equipment are using a blend of traditional diesel (refined from crude oil) and biodiesel. Biodiesel is made from organic and recycled feedstocks like vegetable oils, animal fats and used cooking oil. Biodiesel lowers the emissions impact of these engines. And because biodiesel improves fuel lubricity, it slows wear and tear dramatically.

Our country is producing more every day. In 2002, the United States produced about 10 million gallons of biodiesel. In 2012, that number was 969 million. In 2020, it was 1.8 billion!

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