3 Reasons Diesel Is Better For The Environment Than Gasoline

Posted on: 4 August 2015

While diesel fuels are generally considered to be worse for the environment than petroleum (gasoline), the truth is that diesel is actually better for the environment. Here are three reasons why diesel should be used over gasoline. 

Diesel Produces Lower CO2 emissions

Diesel fuel was first used in the 1970s, and since then, it's been discovered that the fuel produces lower amounts of hydrocarbons, carbon dioxide, and carbon monoxide, making it safer per gallon than gasoline. 

Diesel vehicles are also more efficient than those powered by gasoline, and that means vehicles can go further on less fuel. That means that per mile, less pollution is produced when people choose to use diesel engines. 

Diesel Filters Can Reduce Soot Production

Diesel engines are known to produce suspended particulate matter, the kind of matter that hangs in the air and makes it poisonous to breathe. Yes, SPM can be carcinogenic when combined with hydrocarbons, but there's good news. Now that filters have been designed to filter out soot before it hits the air, people are at a lower risk of cancer and other side effects from diesel exhausts. Gasoline exhausts produce SPM at a lower rate, but because filters have been produced, diesel engines are improving on this front. 

Diesel Engines Can Be Improved to Reduce Emissions and Improve Performance Dramatically

While gasoline engines are being combined into hybrid vehicles to reduce exhaust and to improve power and mileage, diesel engines are taking environmental safety further. With the use of improved catalytic converters, particulate filters, and exciting technology that can monitor emissions and combustion issues, energy efficiency can be improved. 

Thanks to changing parts and filters, it's expected that emissions can be reduced by as much as 90 percent for diesel engines, making them much safer for the environment than those engines using gasoline. 

To top that off, the improved power provided to the vehicle makes it run better, so you end up having to fuel up less often than if you were in a hybrid or gasoline-powered car. Hybrid cars also use electricity, which may have to come from the earth's limited fossil fuels. By using diesel and fueling up less often, you reduce your carbon footprint and help the environment over time more than if you just use power from two different sources. 

These are just a few reasons why diesel-powered cars are on the rise. For more information about diesel, contact United Oil or a similar company.