Diesel fuel

Diesel oil redirects here. Sometimes “diesel oil” is used to mean lubricating oil for diesel engines. Diesel fuel in general is any liquid fuel used in diesel engines. The most common is a specific fractional distillate of petroleum fuel oil, but alternatives that are not derived from petroleum, such as biodiesel, biomass to liquid (BTL) or gas to liquid (GTL) diesel, are increasingly being developed and adopted.

Why a Diesel Fuel Van is the Best for Your Refrigerated Transportation Business

Fuel economy is the keyword. Most transport business owners tend to look out for vehicles with diesel engines, because of their efficiency.   A common question car buyers in the UK ask, and definitely one I have been asked too many times, is, “What kind of car should I buy, a petrol or diesel  car?”  Diesel fuel is used to power diesel-engined buses, trains, cargo vans, and freight trucks.  It is also used in generators with diesel engines. Many businesses, large buildings, institutional facilities, hospitals, and corporate buildings have diesel-fueled generators for backup and power emergencies.

Diesel Fuel Explained

This fuel is a combination of hydrocarbons, drawn from from refinement of crude oil. Diesel fuel requirements often differ for diverse fuel grades, and in different countries. The following properties characterise diesel fuel.

  • Cetane number (or cetane index),
  • Fuel instability,
  • Density,
  • Stickiness,
  • Cold, and
  • Sulfur.

Fuel Economy and Diesel Fuel

Talking from the perspective of transportation, fuel economy refers to the energy efficiency of a vehicle, which is described as the ratio of traveled distance per unit of the used fuel. It is expressed in miles per gallon, both in the UK and the US. It can be confusing because the imperial gallon is larger than the US’. As a result, it is difficult to compare the mpg values.  Generally, diesel engines have greater efficiency than petrol engines. Most passenger cars with diesel engines have a fuel efficiency of up to 42%, while petrol engines are up to 37.3%. This is the major reason why diesels cars have better fuel efficiency than their petrol-fueled counterparts. For an efficient turbo-diesel, the common margin is 25% more.

Better Performance

Improved diesel fuel inoculation and electronic engine-controlled technologies have:

  • Better power
  • Better acceleration
  • Better efficiency

The new engines that were designed, along with other technologies, such as clatter and vibration technologies, have made diesel fuel softer and slicker. Its smell has also been improved.


The market for diesel fuel thrived in the 1970’s to 1980’s, then, there was a decline. Back then,  diesel fuel was rough and coarse. The perception that came with it was that it was meant for rough engines, machinery, and trailers. This perception changed later on, when automobile companies started manufacturing state of the art cars and vans that made use diesel. Even though the market is not in demand like it was then, today’s diesel-fueled vehicles are expected to meet similar emission levels as other gasoline vehicles. Advanced engine technologies, the reduction of sulfur content, and upgraded exhaust management have made this possible.

Even though emissions of other substances, such as nitrogen oxides are still quite high, advanced emission regulating technologies can reduce these chemicals. But, by and large, diesel fuel is cleaner and better.

If you have decided to buy your diesel fuel van today, let us help you do just that., Why not contact us at Glaciers Vehicles today? Call us now (0208 668 7579)

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