Why is Diesel Fuel More Expensive than Gasoline?

Historically, diesel fuel was usually cheaper than gasoline, with the exception of during the winter months when heating oil demand translated into higher diesel prices. However, diesel has been as expensive or more expensive than regular unleaded gasoline since September 2004 for a few reasons.

For one, international demand for diesel fuel and other distillate fuel oils has increased due to economic growth between 2002 and 2008, and global refining capacity has not quite been able to keep up with the high demand, according to the Energy Information Administration. In addition, “The transition to less polluting, lower-sulfur diesel fuels in the United States affected diesel fuel production and distribution costs.” Finally, the Federal excise tax for on-highway diesel fuel is 6 cents higher than the gasoline tax.

In some good news for truckers, the price of diesel has slowly been dropping across the country, albeit slowly. According to overdriveonline.com, the national average for the price of diesel was 16 cents lower at the end of September 2103 compared to September 2013. Diesel also saw a decline in price for 3 weeks in a row in September.


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