Diesel fuel has come a long way from the days of green colored fuel that produced heavy black smoke from the exhaust as trucks traveled down the roadways. Since the Clean Air Act was adopted in 1963, trucking companies have had to increase focus on the type of fuel their fleets use to make sure it’s compliant with federal regulations, while still being effective for their vehicles. Determine if your rigs are using the right fuel by considering the following factors.
Fuel is among the biggest business expenses for trucking companies, so ensure you are making the most of your budget by selecting options with the best fuel economy. Diesel is among the most efficient, affordable, and accessible fuel options and is the go-to for the transportation industry. To make your diesel expenditures even more efficient, consider upgrading your fuel system to a high pressure common rail (HPCR), which perform multiple cylinder injections per second.
Fuel that is cheap and efficient may not necessarily be the best choice for your rigs if it is not compliant with federal regulations for pollution standards. Reducing carbon emissions from trucking fleets is a primary focus for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Exploring alternative but “greener” transportation fuels, such as compressed natural gas (CNG), ethanol (E-85), or liquefied natural gas (LNG), may be a worthwhile venture as environmental regulations increasingly take a stand on emissions.
The most important factor to keep in mind when determining your fuel choices for your fleet is whether or not it is compatible with your current rigs’ fuel systems. Verify that all drives are familiar with their trucks’ engine systems and know to purchase the correct fuel to prevent the risk of engine malfunctions due to additives that aren’t compatible with their trucks’ fuel systems. For instance, more advanced fuel systems in trucks produced after 2007 will require ultra-low sulfur diesel, rather than just standard low-sulfur.
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