What Is Diesel Fuel?

Posted: October 24, 2022

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diesel fuel rhode island A wide range of Rhode Island businesses rely on diesel fuels to get their jobs done, including:

While they use diesel fuels in different ways, they all need the same thing: a dependable diesel delivery provider with personal, responsive service. For many of those businesses, that company is Vaughn Oil!

We provide customized bulk delivery of both on-road and off-road diesel to businesses, municipalities, filling stations, and school districts all over Rhode Island. We have a large fleet of delivery vehicles, quality fuel, and the most competitive diesel pricing around!

If you are new to diesel fuels, we have put together some basic information about diesel and how it’s used.

How are diesel fuels made?

Diesel fuel is a distillate fuel. The majority of diesel fuel made and used in the United States is made from refined crude oil at petroleum refineries and is ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD), containing 15 parts per million (PPM) or fewer.

The U.S. produced 1.63 billion barrels (68.35 billion gallons) of ULSD in 2021.

The nation is also continuing to grow when it comes to developing biodiesels, which you see in our Bioheat® fuel heating oil we deliver.

Diesel is named for Rudolf Diesel, whose invention of the compression ignition engine in the 19th century was revolutionary for its superior thermal efficiency.

The difference between on-road & off-road diesel

There is no chemical difference between the two types of diesel fuel. The only difference is how they’re used. On-road diesel is used for vehicles that are used on public roadways, such as trucks, buses, and shuttles. This makes the on-road diesel subject to the federal excise tax. Off-road diesel is used in equipment not used in transportation, such as backhoes, bulldozers, diesel-powered generators, and farm equipment. Since it is not being used in transportation, there is no excise tax for off-road diesel. To distinguish it from on-road diesel, off-road diesel is dyed red, the same color as your home’s heating oil. This prevents it from being dispensed to on-road vehicles to evade the excise tax. Penalties for this include steep fines for each offense. In Rhode Island, the penalty is $10 for each gallon or $1,000 per violation.

How is diesel fuel used?

Diesel fuels are used in a wide range of ways.

Many area hospitals, health care facilities, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other institutions rely on diesel-powered standby generators to power lights, HVAC, and lifesaving medical equipment.

Diesel is used in the public sector for school buses, snowplows, and road maintenance vehicles and equipment.

Our local farms depend on diesel tractors and other equipment to prepare the soil for planting, harvesting, and more.

If you are looking for diesel fuel services you can trust for your Rhode Island business, contact Vaughn Oil to learn what we can do for you!