Which costs more to make, diesel or gasoine?
March 24, 2008 6:51 AM Subscribe
What is the difference in cost to produce diesel fuel versus gasoline? Does one require more oil than the other?
posted by Reverend John to technology (13 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm involved in a discussion on another forum where the issue of the oil required to produce fuel has come up in relation to comparing the gas mileage of diesel cars to hybrids. I've cited this page
claiming that the Union of Concerned Scientists thinks mileage values for diesel engines should be adjusted down 20% to account for differences in oil required to produce the fuels. Another poster has cited this post on a third forum
as saying that no comparison can be made.
Does anyone have any harder info on the oil costs of the two fuels?
I'm also interested in the long term price of the two fuels. Diesel has been more expensive on average for the last few years, but was less expensive before that. Does anyone have any info on long term price estimates for these two fuels, especially if diesel was more widely adopted as a car fuel in the US?