What Is Diesel Fuel?

Posted: November 7, 2022

Murray-Heutz Offers Diesel Services to a Variety of Businesses!

diesel fueling maine Many businesses in Central Maine rely on diesel for essential work, such as:

Different businesses use diesel fuel in different ways, but they all need one thing: a dependable diesel delivery provider that offers responsive and personal service. For many of those businesses, that company is Murray-Heutz!

We deliver both on-road and off-road diesel in bulk to businesses, municipalities, filling stations, and school districts all around Central Maine. We have a large fleet of delivery vehicles as well as quality fuel and the most competitive diesel pricing in the area!

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 type of distillate fuel. In the United States, most diesel fuel is produced from refined crude oil at petroleum refineries and is ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD), which has 15 parts per million (PPM) or less of sulfur.

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

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

What is the difference between on-road diesel and off-road diesel?

The only difference between the two types of diesel fuels is their application; there are no chemical dissimilarities.

On-road diesel is used for vehicles that are driven on public roadways, such as trucks, buses, and shuttles. This classification makes the on-road diesel subject to the federal excise tax.

Off-road diesel is used in non-transportation equipment, such as backhoes, bulldozers, diesel generators, and agricultural vehicles. Because it is not being used for transportation purposes, there is no excise tax on off-road diesel.

While on-road diesel is not dyed, off-road diesel is infused with a red dye to prevent it from being used for on-road vehicles. By doing this, it prevents drivers from trying to avoid the excise tax. Penalties for using off-road diesel for on-road use include steep fines for each offense. In Maine, the penalty is a minimum $1,000 per violation.

How is diesel fuel used?

Diesel fuel is not only for big transport trucks but can be used in many ways.

Diesel-powered standby generators provide the emergency backup power needed to keep lights on, HVAC running, and lifesaving medical equipment operational in many area hospitals, health care facilities, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other institutions.

Government agencies rely on diesel to power school buses, snowplows, and road maintenance vehicles.

Diesel tractors and other equipment are crucial for our local farms. They use it to help with preparations for planting and harvesting. Logging businesses use diesel trucks to bring timber over rough terrain and highways to plants.

If you are looking for diesel fuel services you can trust for your Central Maine business, get in touch with Murray-Heutz to learn what we can do for you!