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Posted: July 8, 2024

Five Facts You Might Not Know About Diesel Fuel

Today’s diesel is cleaner than ever before.

diesel fuel Plymouth County, MA Throughout the South Shore, Atlantic-Pratt Energy serves a range of commercial fuel clients that depend on a steady supply of diesel fuel to stay operational — and profitable. Our customers include marine businesses, such as fishing companies, ferries and dredging services. We also supply on-road diesel to waste management companies, delivery services and school districts. Our premium diesel fuel powers generators, construction equipment, forklifts and more.

In short, our team has a comprehensive knowledge of this vital commercial fuel. As an Atlantic-Pratt customer, you can rest assured that we will deliver the diesel you need when you need it. Here are five facts you might not know about diesel fuel.

How Diesel Fuel is Made

Conventional petroleum-based diesel fuel is a distillate of crude oil. Crude is distilled in the temperature range of 392° to 662 °F. The resulting fuel is denser and less flammable than gasoline. Whereas gasoline will combust after being ignited by a spark, the engines and equipment that use diesel must apply pressure and intense heat to make the fuel combust.

The Difference Between On-Road and Off-Road Diesel

As a matter of physical or chemical properties, there is essentially no difference between the on- and off-road diesel. The difference between these products is their appearance, usage and taxes.

On-road diesel can be used to power vehicles that travel on public roadways. It is undyed and subject to taxes, fees and surcharges that off-road diesel is not. As a result, road diesel tends to be more expensive.

Off-road diesel powers farm and construction equipment, forklifts, trains, water vessels, generators and heavy machinery. It is dyed red and is not subject to the same taxes as on-road diesel. You can face considerable penalties if you are found using red-dyed off-road diesel on a public road.

The Shelf Life of Diesel

Diesel has a much longer shelf life than gasoline. It will last up to 12 months without deteriorating, compared to only three to six months for gasoline. If you believe your diesel will need to sit in a fuel tank for longer than a year, please talk to us about stabilizing agents and other methods for safeguarding it.

Ultra-Low-Sulfur Diesel

Today’s diesel fuel is far more eco-friendly than it was in the past. Most significantly, it now only contains 15 parts per million of sulfur content (down from 3,000 ppm or more). Ultra-low-sulfur diesel is much better for air quality and the health of your equipment.

The Expansion of Bio-Based Diesel

An increasing amount of the diesel used in the U.S. is derived from organic and recycled materials, including plant oils, animal fats, restaurant grease and other waste products. Biodiesel and renewable diesel can lower carbon dioxide emissions from vehicles by 65% or more!

Talk to Atlantic-Pratt about Your Diesel Needs.

Plymouth County businesses trust Atlantic-Pratt Energy for all their on-road and off-road diesel needs. Our professional, responsive diesel delivery team will create a customized fuel schedule based around your needs. With on-site diesel storage, you won’t need to worry about reconciling employee receipts, paying multiple vendors, fraudulent activity or diesel run-outs. Our team will ensure your vehicles and equipment stay reliably fueled.

Atlantic-Pratt Energy is committed to your business’s success. Become a customer today.