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Fuel on Diesel

May 15, 2008
Because of skyrocketing prices at the pumps, people are looking for the cheapest fuel available Diesel is probably the best choice for cheap fuel because it costs less than unleaded and premium fuel. Diesel is becoming popular and more and more people are buying cars with diesel engines. The fuel is also a popular choice in countries where fuel consumption is high. Today, people buying new cars have to think about fuel costs. They usually ask for cars that run on diesel when they enter showrooms. Also, because of higher fuel costs, people are turning to the use of motorcycles and scooters, which usually run diesel. Countries like China, for instance, which has millions of motorcycles and scooters on its streets, continue to produce and consume more diesel.

So what is diesel? Basically, diesel is a fractional distillate of fuel oil, usually petroleum, which is used in engines. It is a mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from the distillation of crude oil at temperatures of 200 to 350 degrees Celsius. Sometimes, diesel produced from petroleum is called petrodiesel to distinguish it from other diesels that are acquired from other sources.

Diesel's price and efficiency are the two main reasons for the shift in people's fuel preference. Diesel fuel has a density of about 850 grams per liter. This is higher than gasoline's 720 grams per liter. It also releases 40.9 mega joules per liter when it burns, compared to the 34.8 mega joules of gasoline. Another advantage it has over gasoline is that it costs less to refine diesel. This means that not only does diesel has better mileage, it also costs less per liter.

The problem with diesel fuel is that when it is burned, it gives off more pollutants, such as sulphur, compared to gasoline. This has led countries, especially the United States and Europe, to impose higher emissions standards for diesel-run vehicles. As a result, diesel costs higher than gasoline in some places because of the added costs of complying with the standards.

Despite this drawback though, diesel is still a popular choice for fuel. And with the skyrocketing fuel prices, it doesn't look like this will change anytime soon.
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I am glad to have a diesel fuel car, it's more economical and practical to use.
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