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* It is more fuel efficient pound for pound
 
* It is more fuel efficient pound for pound
 
* It is a stronger engine pound for pound. [https://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/energy-content-d_868.html Diesel fuel has a higher BTU rating than gasoline.]
 
* It is a stronger engine pound for pound. [https://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/energy-content-d_868.html Diesel fuel has a higher BTU rating than gasoline.]
* It is designed to have a longer life with many reports to 500k miles and some even 900k (Mercedes)
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* It is designed to have a longer life with many reports to 500k miles and some even 900k (Mercedes). It is not unheard of to have 30 year old diesel buses still operating effectively.
 
* Post 2010 [https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/ask-mr-green/do-diesel-engines-produce-less-co2-regular-engines Diesels are also cleaner] (in some ways) than their Gasoline counter parts
 
* Post 2010 [https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/ask-mr-green/do-diesel-engines-produce-less-co2-regular-engines Diesels are also cleaner] (in some ways) than their Gasoline counter parts
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* Can be a 100% [https://www.biodiesel.org/ BIO] or [https://afdc.energy.gov/fuels/emerging_hydrocarbon.html Renewable] alternative to Gas.
  
 
== Diesel Cons ==
 
== Diesel Cons ==

Revision as of 20:20, 3 December 2020

Asking Diesel vs Gas is a difficult question as there are benefits on both sides. On this page we will try to present some facts as well as external sources for you to review.

Diesel Pros

  • It is more fuel efficient pound for pound
  • It is a stronger engine pound for pound. Diesel fuel has a higher BTU rating than gasoline.
  • It is designed to have a longer life with many reports to 500k miles and some even 900k (Mercedes). It is not unheard of to have 30 year old diesel buses still operating effectively.
  • Post 2010 Diesels are also cleaner (in some ways) than their Gasoline counter parts
  • Can be a 100% BIO or Renewable alternative to Gas.

Diesel Cons

  • They tend to be more expensive to fix
  • Newer Diesels have a higher maintenance burden.
  • California Diesel rules (Note: This will affect a lot of people including outside of California in the future)

Gasoline Pros

  • It normally is cheaper per gallon (not currently)
  • Does not require a specialized mechanic
  • Acquiring a gasoline bus is normally less expensive than a Diesel bus

Gasoline Cons

  • They are not engineered to last as long as Diesel. Average major failure rate is 250k miles.
  • They are weaker engines pound for pound
  • They are not as fuel efficient