Pros and cons of two popular transportation fuels.
There have been a lot of changes in the automotive industry in recent decades. When you look at all the electric vehicles and “self-driving” cars coming to market, it can sometimes feel like we’re getting closer to the transportation sector envisioned in The Jetsons and Back to the Future 2.
It’s worth noting that, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the two most popular transportation fuels in this country remain gasoline and diesel fuel. Combined, these fuels comprise roughly three-quarters of all energy used to power cars, service vans, buses, freight trucks and other road vehicles.
At Q-Dog Quality Discount Oil & Gas, we proudly provide on-road and off-road diesel fuel to businesses in Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s, southern Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties. With nearly 80 years of experience under our belts, we can advise whether diesel or gasoline suits your fleet better.
What’s the difference between gasoline and diesel?
Although gasoline and diesel are both derived from crude oil, they have very different properties. Diesel is denser than gasoline. If you spill a little gasoline, it will evaporate fairly quickly, unlike diesel. A gasoline engine has a spark plug. This produces a spark, which is all that gasoline needs to combust. Diesel engines compress fuel to make it combust. Without this intense compression, diesel fuel won’t ignite.
Pros and Cons of Diesel Fuel
There are many good reasons fleet managers still use diesel fuel quite a bit:
- Fuel efficiency: Diesel generates a lot more energy per gallon than gasoline. So, diesel motors can get up to 35% more miles per gallon, according to the DOE.
- Better torque: This makes diesel vehicles especially useful for hauling heavy loads.
- Less maintenance: Typically, diesel engines can go more miles between service than gasoline engines.
- Eco-friendliness: While petroleum diesel and gasoline meet the same emissions standards, the growing incorporation of biodiesel made from recycled and organic feedstocks is lowering fuel emissions.
There are also drawbacks to diesel:
- Price per gallon: Refinery costs, high demand and taxes all contribute to a higher per-gallon rate for diesel, but diesel’s better fuel economy offsets much of this.
- Driving experience: Diesel provides a lot of power, but gasoline engines offer a smoother ride.
Pros and Cons of Gasoline
Similarly, there are advantages to a gasoline engine:
- Availability and price point: Gasoline is available at virtually every service station and costs less per gallon than diesel fuel.
- Smoother drive: Gasoline engines may not have the same horsepower and torque as diesel engines, but they generally offer a quieter, smoother driving experience.
Here are some cons of gasoline:
- Reliability: Gasoline engines have more frequent maintenance requirements than diesel engines and are often more likely to break down.
- Fuel efficiency: Since gasoline generates less energy per gallon, you won’t be able to travel as many miles on a single tank.
Q-Dog Quality Discount Oil & Gas offers some of the best diesel fuel prices in the region. Reach out to us today to order diesel.