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Red Dye Diesel

What is it?

Red-Dyed Diesel is just another term for Off-road diesel. Fuel that contains this dye marks it for off-road equipment or vehicles, which excludes it from having road fuel taxes added in the price.

What is it commonly used for?

Red-dye diesel fuels machinery and off-road vehicles in the construction and farming industries. It is highly illegal to use red-dyed diesel in on-road vehicles, such as consumer cars.

Why is red diesel dyed red?

Red diesel is dyed because of its tax-exemption. In short, the reason that red diesel is tax exempt is so that off-road equipment can get jobs done cheaper to help the economy. The fuel is dyed for identification purposes so that consumers cannot put the tax-free fuel in their cars.
What vehicles can use red diesel?
Anything from harvesters for farms to bulldozers - there’s actually a wide variety of vehicles that can take advantage of the tax-exemption that red dyed diesel provides. In the Agricultural industry, it is common to see harvesters, tractors, or other heavy equipment use this fuel. Similarly, in the Construction industry it is common to see this red diesel in cranes, bobcats, bulldozers, generators, and even backhoes. It isn’t uncommon to see red diesel in other industries as well, such as mining, or aviation - so long as the assets are not using public roads.
What is the difference between off-road diesel and on-road diesel?
On-road diesel refers to the fuel that powers everyday vehicles that drive on public roads, hence on-road. Any vehicle that is licensed for use on roads by the US is required by law to use on-road diesel fuel, which is most commonly found at gas stations.
What is the difference between clear and dyed diesel?
Clear diesel is commonly used to fuel on-road vehicles that can be seen throughout the US. This kind of diesel is for everyday vehicles such as trucks, SUVs, and cars. One of the main differences is that clear diesel is taxable.

Red-dyed diesel is actually dyed the color red to show that the fuel in question is meant to be used for off-road vehicles, meaning that it is tax-exempt fuel.

Clear Diesel

What is it?
Clear Diesel is another name for on-road diesel. Clear diesel is a type of fuel that, unlike its counterpart, is not dyed. Clear diesel is most commonly required by any vehicle with a diesel motor licensed by the state for on-road usage.

What is it commonly used for?
Available at most fuel stops across the US, clear diesel - sometimes referred to as regular, highway, on-road, or auto diesel - is the most common on-road option for diesel motors.

What industries does this apply to?

Clear Diesel is used across multiple industries, but is most commonly seen in the transportation industry. Clear diesel is used in any vehicle that travels on public highways, roads, and sometimes can be seen in marine vessels as well (if traveling on public roads).
Commonly Asked Questions about Clear Diesel
Can I use Clear Diesel in my off-road equipment?
No, off-road equipment uses red-dyed diesel in order to mark that fuel as tax exempt. Clear diesel is for any vehicles that will be remaining on-road, making the fuel taxable.
Is Clear Diesel taxable?
Yes, due to clear diesel being used for on-road vehicles, the fuel is taxable by each respective state, and is commonly reflected on receipts from where the fuel was acquired - most often gas stations.


What is it?
Gasoline, often referred to as Petrol, is a fuel composed of crude oil and other petroleum liquids. Gasoline is commonly seen and sold at retail gas stations. Gas stations offer gasoline in three different grades: Regular, Mid-grade, and Premium.
What is it commonly used for?
Gasoline is the main U.S transportation fuel. While it has plenty of different uses, gasoline is most often used in cars, trucks, motorcycles, small aircraft, equipment and tools, and so much more.

What industries does this apply to?
Gasoline, being as versatile as it is, is utilized across many different industries, but is most commonly used in the transportation industry.
Commonly Asked Questions about Gasoline
Why is gasoline the most commonly used as fuel?
Gasoline is essential in running most internal combustion engine cars. Gasoline makes up about half of petroleum products that are used day-to-day.
Why is gasoline also called petrol?
Gasoline, originally a by-product of the petroleum industry, became the optimal automobile fuel due to its high energy and capacity to mix with the air in a carburetor. Hence the use of the term petrol.

Bio Blends

What is it?
Bio blends, or biodiesel, is a renewable and biodegradable fuel manufactured from materials such as vegetable oils, animal fats, or recycled restaurant grease.
What is it commonly used for?
Bio Blends are commonly used as a replacement for the typical petroleum found in diesel engines. In most cases, biodiesel is blended together with petroleum diesel. Biodiesel is created by combining fats and oils in a process called transesterification.
What industries does this apply to?
Biodiesel is most commonly associated with the transportation industry. However, it is not limited only to the transportation industry as its uses reach far beyond that of the common car engine. Other uses include generating heat, cleaning various metals, or even providing backup power for a generator.
Commonly Asked Questions about Bio Blends
What are the benefits of Bio blends, or Biodiesel?
Bio blends have become increasingly popular due to the advantages that it has over the more commonly used petroleum. Some advantages include reduced pollution, a higher lubricity (better for engine longevity), renewability, and safety.
Can Biodiesel replace diesel fuel?
Bio blends can be used as a replacement for diesel fuel, however, we highly recommend you contact your manufacturer to see what they advise. Some differences in the way you use your fuel include having to change filters more often, or an increased frequency of maintenance.

Compressed Natural Gas

What is it?
Compressed Natural Gas, or CNG, is a more eco-friendly alternative to gasoline. CNG is made through a process of compressing natural gas (Methane) down to less than 1% of its original volume. CNG is safer than normal gasoline due to its non-toxic nature, which prevents contamination of any surrounding areas, such as ground water.
What is it commonly used for?
CNG is most commonly used in homes when people turn on the heat, dry clothes in the dryer, or even boil water on the stove. The use of CNG in commercial and non-commercial vehicles is also becoming increasingly popular.
What industries does this apply to?
CNG applies to many different industries, but can most commonly be found in the transportation industry where fleets are looking to alternative fuels to keep their trucks on the road.


What is it?
Liquified petroleum gas, or LPG, is a type of fuel which is composed of a flammable mixture of hydrocarbon gasses - specifically propane, butylene, isobutane, and propylene.
What is it commonly used for?
LPG is commonly used as the fuel in heating appliances found in homes, cooking equipment, and also vehicles. One of the increasingly popular applications for LPG is using it as an aerosol propellant as well as a refrigerant - all done to replace chlorofluorocarbons and help cut back on the damage to the ozone layer.
What industries does this apply to?
LPG is a very versatile alternative fuel source. For that reason, LPG can be seen being used across multiple difference industries such as agriculture, transportation, manufacturing, as well as logistics.


What is it?
Kerosene, also known as paraffin or lamp oil, is a combustible hydrocarbon liquid which is derived from petroleum. Kerosene is typically pale yellow or colorless and also has a characteristic odor.
What is it commonly used for?
Kerosene is commonly found being used for domestic heaters & furnaces, and as a fuel or fuel component for jet engines and planes.


What is it?
Ethanol is a colorless, volatile, and flammable liquid which is produced through the natural fermentation of sugars - producing alcohol. It is also exactly the same as ethyl alcohol, but in this case it is used as fuel.
What is it commonly used for?
Fuel ethanol is used for blending in low concentrations with motor gasoline as an oxygenate octane enhancer. In high concentrations, it is commonly used as a fuel alternative for vehicles specially designed for its use.

What industries does this apply to?
Ethanol is often used in the manufacturing of drugs, plastics, lacquers, polishes, plasticizers, and cosmetics. Alternatively, it is used in medicine and the transportation industries.

Commonly Asked Questions about?
Why is ethanol in gasoline?
Ethanol was originally added in order to help oxygenate gasoline and reduce air pollution. However, in the late 1990s, it was found that one of the chemicals in ethanol was showing up in drinking water. Most gas stations today only offer gasoline mixed with small amounts of ethanol.
Does Ethanol hurt vehicle engines?
Not at all! Ethanol-blended gasoline has several benefits to your engine. It assists with keeping gasoline from freezing in cold weather while also keeping fuel systems clean for better overall performances.
How does ethanol change gasoline performance?
Ethanol has a higher octane number than normal gasoline. This provides the fuel with higher compression ratios, which makes the engine run with more power.


What is it?
Lubricant helps to reduce friction between surfaces in mutual contact, which in turn also reduces the heat generated from that friction. It may also assist with transmitting forces, transporting foreign particles, or heating and cooling surfaces.
What is it commonly used for?
Lubricants are most commonly used with heavy machinery or metals that produce a lot of heat and are unable to move easily due to the friction between both surfaces.
What industries does this apply to?
Lubricants are used across multiple industries, but can most often be found in the industrial, transportation, and railway industries.
Commonly Asked Questions about?
What are the most common types of lubricants?
The two most common types of lubricants are oil and grease.


What is it?
Hydrogen fuel is a clean fuel and refers to hydrogen being burned as fuel with oxygen. Its zero carbon emissions is what makes hydrogen a clean fuel, owing to the fact that the process of burning hydrogen does not involve carbon.
What is it commonly used for?
Hydrogen fuel is most often used in fuel cells to generate power using a chemical reaction rather than normal combustion, producing only water and heat as byproducts. It can also be used in cars and in houses as a source for portable power.
What industries does this apply to?
Hydrogen fuel is most commonly used in the industrial sector due to the many processes that involve the burning of hydrogen.
Commonly Asked Questions about Hydrogen?
Why don’t we use hydrogen fuel as fuel in our cars?
Hydrogen Fuel is not used in domestic cars for several reasons, the biggest reason being because it is not readily available and can cost a lot more than the normal gasoline in engines.

Marine Fuel

What is it?
Marine Fuel is an oil obtained from petroleum distillation. It is often compared to diesel fuel, however, the difference is its higher density and more strenuous storage requirements.
What is it commonly used for?
Marine Fuel is most commonly used for fueling marine vessels of all shapes and sizes.
What industries does this apply to?
Marine Fuel is often seen solely being used in the Marine industry, where their vessels require this special fuel.


What is DEF?
Diesel Exhaust Fluid, or DEF, is a liquid used to reduce the amount of air pollution that is created by diesel engines.
What is it commonly used for?
DEF is used in modern vehicles to run within the emissions guidelines that have been set by the federal government since 2010, reducing the harmful emissions coming from diesel engines.
What industries does this apply to?
The increasing demand for diesel engine exhaust treatment fluid has resulted in DEF being used across the Marine, Transportation, and Aviation industries.
Commonly Asked Questions:
What vehicles often use DEF?
DEF is used most commonly in heavy duty vehicles such as large pickups, RVs, Semis, and delivery trucks. It is also used in light-duty vehicles such as minivans or passenger cars.
Can diesel engines run without DEF?
Diesel Exhaust Fluid is just as important to diesel engines as fuel, coolant, oil, and all of the other fluids that are often checked and replaced.