Fuel and the Total Cost of Ownership

Fuel and the Total Cost of Ownership - The fleet owners and managers of today know the importance of looking beyond the initial purchase price and taking into account the total cost of ownership (TCO) of their equipment. Residual value, repairs, maintenance and parts, along with other hard and soft costs, also should be considered when it comes to the true expense of owning a vehicle. No doubt, fuel has always been a huge part of the equation, but it’s usually been centered around the costs of fuel. Fuel impacts vehicle maintenance and performance, of course. But with more and more fleets required to hit sustainability targets, emissions must also be a considered in fleet management. Biodiesel helps lower a fleet’s total cost of ownership (TCO) in many ways, such as through the easement of maintenance issues, increasing performance and cutting back on emissions. Meeting Goals of Sustainability Sustainability when it comes to biodiesel’s environmental benefits should be considered as part of the total cost of ownership, even though it traditionally hasn’t been. This is important, as clean air regulations are rising. Many private and public sector organizations are starting to adopt sustainability plans, so whether your fleet has [...]

By |2020-11-17T09:55:54-05:00November 17th, 2020|Diesel Fuel|Comments Off on Fuel and the Total Cost of Ownership

The Need For Higher-Value Diesel Fuel

The Need For Higher-Value Diesel Fuel - If you’ve ever been to a diesel station before, you’ve seen the dark patch of stained concrete underneath the fuel pump. This is common, as the diesel fuel often overflows as it’s being pumped into the tank. That’s because diesel often foams up, just like when you pour soda into a glass too fast. On a case by case basis, it doesn’t seem like a big waste – it’s just a few ounces of fuel, right? But when you think about how often this happens all across the country, you’ll realize how it adds up. Not to mention -- after foaming happens, it takes a while for the fuel to settle back down, which means your tank isn’t really full after all. Take that soda-fizz-in-a-glass example. If you are a fleet operator responsible for dozens of trucks on the road, you know this waste results in unnecessary downtime for the whole fleet and higher costs in the long run. Foaming diesel is just one issue commercial truckers may be oblivious to in their daily operations. In fact, it could be contributing to the degrading quality of diesel fuel. However, it’s entirely preventable. [...]

By |2020-08-12T09:21:13-05:00August 12th, 2020|Diesel Fuel|Comments Off on The Need For Higher-Value Diesel Fuel

Preventing Your Fleet from Diesel Fuel Gelling This Winter

Preventing Your Fleet from Diesel Fuel Gelling This Winter - Gelling is nothing you want to happen to your machines in the cold. Diesel fuel gelling is when the paraffin wax starts to thicken and turn into a cloudy mixture when the temperatures begin to fall. This problem can get so bad that the wax can clog fuel filters and solidify, making it difficult or impossible for the fuel to flow. Your engine becomes useless and you can’t be productive. You lose money and maybe even some customers during all that downtime. This phenomenon can occur when temperatures drop below 32 degrees Fahrenheit; however, the exact temperature at which this can happen does vary by fuel batch. Don’t want to risk it? Heed these tips to prevent your diesel fuel from gelling in your fleet this winter. Heated Storage The best way to prevent gelling is to control the temperature of the facility in which the engine is stored. When the engine runs, the fuel moves and flows freely, with little opportunity to solidify. If you can, store your vehicles and equipment in a heated garage or climate-controlled structure. We realize this isn’t always possible for large construction fleets, which [...]

By |2019-01-26T09:45:18-05:00January 26th, 2019|Diesel Fuel|Comments Off on Preventing Your Fleet from Diesel Fuel Gelling This Winter

Using a Premium Diesel Fuel Can Increase Efficiency and Longevity

Using a Premium Diesel Fuel Can Increase Efficiency and Longevity - There are many benefits to using a premium grade diesel for your equipment and trucks. From increased longevity to better lubrication, here we’ll go over the main advantages to using the best diesel fuel. Whether your fleet operation is large or small, what kind of fuel you use is one of the most vital decisions you will make for your business. Is switching to a premium diesel the right move for you? Premium diesel has: Better Lubricity Lubrication reduces friction in your engines. Diesel lubricants in particular cut down on the friction and wear and tear of the fuel pump and injection parts. It stands to reason that all those engine parts are under a lot of pressure for most of the day, so if you have more lubrication, your machines will run smoother, giving you better productivity, less downtime and fewer repairs. A Higher Cetane Number Cetane is a measurement of the fuel’s ignition delay. Basically this is how fast the air and fuel mixture combusts within the engine. Higher cetane translates to a shorter delay and higher ignition quality, resulting in quicker start-ups, and reduced wear and [...]

By |2018-09-27T09:19:00-05:00September 27th, 2018|Diesel Fuel, Fleet|Comments Off on Using a Premium Diesel Fuel Can Increase Efficiency and Longevity
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