Diesel is the fuel of choice when it comes to the type of engine used in construction and manufacturing vehicles, and there are many reasons why this has been the case.
- Diesel vehicles in general are cheaper to run then petrol, especially over longer periods of time. This is thanks to the cheaper base cost of diesel fuel, as well as the more efficient fuel consumption of diesel engines. However, this price difference has significantly decreased over recent years.
- Diesel vehicles are able to produce huge amounts of torque (pulling power), this makes them well suited for hauling and towing jobs.
- Diesel-powered vehicles never require ignition tune-ups because they do not have spark plugs or distributors.
- There is a great deal of government pressure to produce low-emission diesel powertrains for passenger vehicles, trucks, buses, and farm and construction equipment. This means there is a lot of competition between diesel vehicle manufacturers to produce better quality engines for their vehicles, increasing the quality of diesel vehicles to come.