With diesel being a bit to a lot more expensive than gas in the US, how affordable or feasible would it be to drive a diesel vehicle as your daily commute compared to gas? Is it worth it?
True, they're no longer noisy or smelly, but with the new emissions laws that made them such, they're even more expensive initially. Add the higher fuel price and it would be tough to ever break even. I'm also afraid producing more diesel from an apparently finite amount of oil would only raise prices of both gasoline and diesel.Also one of the problems with desiels is still the perception that the are smelly, noisy and pollute a lot more than gas, which on the whole is not true.
I hope you're right, but suspect otherwise. Ethanol hasn't made much of a positive impact on the gasoline market, but done right, maybe biodiesel will do better. Time will tell.Wait for biodiesel to be made in significant quantities. That should cause the price of diesel to drop.
One of the main reasons for higher diesel prices in the US ... it can be EXPORTED for MUCH HIGHER PROFIT to the Euro and Asian markets.Everyone on this site realizes the driving benefits that diesels have but the price of diesel is what will determine if it becomes more or less feasible. There are actually many reasons why diesel is much more expensive than regular fuel in the U.S. and those reasons point to the fact that the gap will only widen in the future over the course of a typical year.
IMO there was a major refinining cost increase for diesel to go to ULSD (50 ppm S max) when it was more like 1000 ppmRemember about a year ago diesel raised above gasoline because the sulfer content was lowered by federal mandate so additional refining was needed. But that still shouldn't be a reason that it is above $2.50 a gallon.
That said, even with it a little more then gas is now, I would have bought a diesel truck or car were it available in the choices that I own now, $2500 more or not.