What is Renewable Diesel?

Renewable Diesel is the newest, and cleanest form of diesel fuel. Due to its ability to be 100% renewable and sustainable, while reducing emissions, retaining optimal performance and assists in reducing maintenance costs, it is quickly becoming a favorite choice of fleet managers across California and the country.

To learn more about the benefits of renewable diesel, how to switch your fleet to it, the cost difference, and where you can find it, continue reading on this page. If you are a retail distributer and want to learn how you can offer renewable diesel at your station, contact our friendly sales team today at 888-347-8353!

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Difference in Diesel Fuels

To better understand what renewable diesel is and how it differs from its counterparts, here is a quick overview of the three most common types of diesel fuels available.

Petroleum Diesel: (Clear Diesel, #1 or #2 Diesel) Currently the most common type of diesel fuel, traditional petroleum-based diesel is a fossil fuels made from crude oil. The process of making this type of fuel involves removing the crude oil from the ground into a refinery where it is refined through a process called hydrogenation which involves heat and pressure.

Biodiesel: Generally blended with traditional petroleum diesel at a rate of 5% – 20%, biodiesel does not rely of fossil fuels for production. Rather it utilizes vegetable oils and/or animal fats which are renewable resources for production.

To produce the fuel, a process called transesterification introduces oxygen into the fuel which can create issues that include separation during storage, freezing in low temperatures, algae growth, and increased emissions.

Renewable Diesel: Like biodiesel, renewable diesel does not rely on fossil fuels and is produced with renewable resources including vegetable oils, natural fats, and greases.

However, the production method used to create renewable diesel is very similar to its petroleum-based counterpart. This results in a fuel that is chemically the same as petroleum diesel.

Top 5 Benefits of Renewable Diesel

There are many benefits to choosing renewable diesel over traditional diesel or biodiesel. We will explain the top 5 for you here.

  • The most obvious benefit of renewable diesel is it does not rely on an unsustainable resource like crude oil. This allows your fleet to “go green” and instantly reduce your carbon footprint by utilizing a renewable product.
  • Unlike biodiesel, renewable fuel is hydrogenated and does not contain oxygen and does not carry the same problems with freezing, storage, and algae. The hydrogenation also allows it to burn cleaner than biodiesel.
  • Since the renewable fuel shares the same chemical structure as the petroleum-based fuel, it can be instantly substituted in diesel engines which run on traditional diesel with no additional blending required.
  • In many instances, vehicles with diesel particulate filters have realized a reduction, or elimination, of the need for regeneration, reducing maintenance costs.
  • Many large government agencies and large corporations in California including The Cities of San Francisco and Oakland, along with UPS have switched to renewable diesel. Their fleet managers have not experienced any loss of power or decrease in miles per gallon performance.

Switching Your Fleet to Renewable Diesel

Now you know what renewable diesel is, how it can benefit your fleet, and help the environment, so how do you get your fleet onto it? As previously mentioned, the fuel is chemically the same as the petroleum-based option and therefore does not require you to make any modifications to your existing tanks, lines, or other engine and exhaust components.

Switching fuel types and reducing your fleet’s carbon footprint is just that simple. In fact, thanks to fleets like yours from across the state switching to renewable diesel, California has realized the largest reduction of transportation-related sources of greenhouse gas emissions ever according to the California Air Resources Board.

Where Can You Find Renewable Diesel

With renewable diesel only being around for a few years, the hardest part of switching may be locating a station. Our sales team are actively working with our retail fueling station partners to provide the fuel in more locations across Northern California.

For Ramos Oil Cardlock Fueling customers, we know offer renewable at three of our convenient cardlock locations:

  • 1515 South River Road, West Sacramento
  • 597 North East Street, Woodland
  • 4420 Northgate Blvd, Sacramento

If your business enjoys the convenience of our fleet fueling program, and you would like to go green and switch to renewable diesel, simple contact your friendly sales representative today to learn how easy it can be!

Renewable Diesel Costs

We know switching is easy to do, greatly benefits the environment, and shows no diminished performance problems; so now we come to the real question, how will switching fuels affect your bottom line?

Luckily for California fleets, the cost of renewable diesel is not that different from that of ultra-low-sulfur diesel (ULSD) or biodiesel. This is due to the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCSF), which reduces some of the expense.

While the per gallon cost of the renewable fuel can average $0.15 higher than other diesel options, when you take into consideration the diminished GHGs and potentially lowering maintenance costs that come with other options, renewable fuel make a great choice for your fleet.

Are you ready to go green and reduce your company’s carbon footprint? Ramos Oil is here to help! No matter if you are a fleet of one diesel truck, run a large fleet of different diesel vehicles, or want to offer renewable diesel at your retail gas station, our friendly sales staff are here to offer you expert advice and easily guide you through the process.

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