Comparing On-Road & Off-Road Diesel

Written on: July 3, 2023

Commercial Fuels from Downey Energy

diesel Putnam county, ny delivery You’ll find diesel fuel at work in a variety of contexts. Diesel fuel powers freight and delivery trucks, buses, boats, farm equipment, construction equipment, and military vehicles. Some cars and light trucks also run on diesel fuel.

Generators can use diesel fuel for anything from powering a remote village to ensuring that essential facilities like hospitals have a backup or emergency power supply when there’s an electrical outage.

Whatever you need diesel for—whether it’s to fuel delivery vans, construction vehicles, or farm equipment, Downey Energy delivers off-road and on-road diesel. We can also set you up with fuel pumps and tanks. Do you have a fleet of vehicles? You can also count on Downey Energy for bulk diesel delivery.

What’s Diesel Made Of?

Diesel fuel is made from refined crude oil and biomass materials. It gets its name from the type of engine it’s used in. Diesel fuel is the distillate fuel oil made for compression ignition engines which were originally invented by a man named Rudolf Diesel. So diesel fuel is the fuel that’s appropriate for use in a diesel engine. There’s more than one type of diesel fuel. There’s on-road diesel fuel, and there’s off-road diesel fuel. What’s the difference? Let’s take a look at the two types of diesel fuel.

What’s On-Road and Off-Road Diesel?

Off-road and on-road diesel are very much what they sound like. On-road diesel is taxed at a higher rate, and it is meant to go in vehicles that will be on the road—cars, trucks, trailers, etc. This is the diesel fuel you’ll find at gas stations. On road diesel is clear in color and has a lower sulfur content than off-road diesel. That lower sulfur content is important in terms of engine performance and longevity as well as the environment.

Off-road vehicles and equipment can use off-road diesel. It’s less expensive (since it isn’t taxed at the same rate). However, it is only intended for use in off-road vehicles and equipment—farm tractors, construction vehicles, generators, etc. It’s dyed a red color so as not to be confused with on-road diesel. It also has a higher sulfur content than on-road diesel. You should not use off-road diesel in an on-road vehicle. In the U.S., it’s illegal to use off-road diesel in a vehicle that will be driven on the road.

You Can Depend on Downey

Downey Energy has been serving residential and commercial clients in the Hudson Valley for over a century. We have earned the loyalty of our customers through our dedication to service and reliability.

From Cortlandt Manor to Carmel, all around Dutchess County, Orange County, Putnam County and northern Westchester County, Downey Energy is here to make sure our Hudson Valley customers have the on-road and off-road diesel they need.

Downey Energy provides reliable and safe fuel services. Contact us today to learn more or to request delivery of on-road and/or off-road diesel fuel.