Fuel Management

FleetCards TrendWatch on Diesel

August 23, 2010 - Press Release

ATLANTA - FleetCards USA, a fleet card industry expert that acts as a trusted advisor in matching fleet fuel cards to small and medium sized businesses, shares tips from their trends advisory council — FleetCards TrendWatch regarding fuel efficiencies and diesel fuel.

"Ever since President Obama's spring announcement ordering new benchmarks to be set for highway and work trucks, business owners who operate fleets have been paying close attention to how their company uses fuel," said Paul Citarella, SVP of FleetCards USA. "Diesel fuel has been a topic of much discussion in the industry, mostly due to the better mileage it can achieve. There are many other advantages to diesel as well as other ways, in addition to switching to diesel fuel, that one can improve their overall fuel expenditure."

The Diesel Advantage:

  • Diesel is more energy efficient:  Diesel contains approximately 20,000 more BTUs of energy per gallon than gasoline. This means it takes more gasoline to equal the power output of diesel.  Also, since diesel fuel is heavier and oilier, it evaporates slower adding to it's efficiency
  • Diesel costs less: Typically, diesel fuel is less expensive than gasoline.  This is because the refinement process takes less time and is less labor intensive
  • Diesel offers overall better durability:  Although the short term maintenance fee for a diesel engine can be costly, diesel engines are by far more durable in the long run.  The average gas engine lasts approximately 125,000 miles before needing major repairs, where as a diesel engine can last approximately 375,000 miles
  • Diesel is cleaner:  Diesel emits fewer harmful emissions than gasoline
  • Diesel engines have the option to use biodiesel: Biodiesel is an green alternative or additive to diesel fuel made from plant oil and fats that can be used in diesel engines with slight to no modifications

Diesel Fleet Card Fuel Advantages:

  • Diesel Fuel Discounts:  When using a diesel fleet card system, many suppliers offer a discount on volume of sales.  Typically, this is provided by a reduced rate once the company has purchased a certain amount of fuel each month
  • Fuel Availability:  Diesel fuel is not as widely available as gasoline, which deters some companies from using them.  With a diesel fleet card, diesel stations can be pre-identified and pre-approved so drivers always know where they can fuel up.  This also helps with fuel efficiency so drivers aren't wasting time driving around looking for their next stop
  • Tracking and Reporting: With a diesel fleet card, all drivers transactions are recorded including when, where and how much fuel was purchased.  This data can be analyzed to identify inefficiencies and poor driver's habits, such as a vehicle in need of maintenance, or a driver who idles or drives off route
  • Theft Protection:  With diesel fleet cards, specific controls can be set limiting the drivers' purchases.  For example, restrictions can be put in place so a driver can only purchase fuel at certain stations, after a certain time has elapsed.  This ensures a driver is not fueling up their personal vehicle or purchasing gas station concessions on the company's dollar


About FleetCards USA
FleetCards USA offers valuable fleet card facts, industry news, and information from numerous fleet fuel card programs to companies of all sizes across the USA from small entrepreneurial organizations to large public corporations. FleetCards USA has partnerships with leading industry fueling networks and fleet card providers including: BP, ARCO, Chevron, Texaco, CITGO, and Fuelman. With its proprietary FleetMatch system, and a team of industry veterans at the helm of its operations, FleetCards USA acts as a trusted advisor to its customers in all sectors from retail to transportation to government.

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