History of Diesel Fuel- Facts And Figures

Welcome back IFTA filers, hope you are fit and fine. For a long time, we have only been transferring information on paper, which would have bored you by now. So this time we decided to gear up with some history classes, making the blog reading session much exciting than before, assuring your eyes glued to the screen till the end.

So what is the topic of the blog today? Well, we are going to speak about diesel, how and when was it discovered, what were the early experiments made and much more. Keep reading further to know all about diesel.

So What Is Diesel?

Diesel is one of the fuels that is refined from crude oil. This fuel is considered as the mid-weight petroleum product, whereas gasoline and kerosene are the examples of light petroleum products. However, recent engineering changes allow for the burning of more highly refined diesel fuel that pollutes less.

Early Experimentation With Petroleum Diesel:

With time, the petroleum industry grew, and a lower grade fuel similar to the fuel oil was developed. In 1922, the development of diesel injection pump was recognized for the commercial use of petroleum-based diesel that was initiated. Soon later, the road test began with Bosch pump in 1924. Moreover, in 1927, the commercial production of the pumps was initiated and the first experimental diesel powered car was introduced also introduced.

Early Diesel Fuels:

The development of diesel and experimental on vehicles was on a synergistic process. The possibility of the sale triggered more of refining each time, encouraged for further development. During the early days, the diesel fuels had high sulfur content, resulting in increase of pollution. As the diesel engine did not have lubricating oil, the fuel supplied it. Higher sulfur levels gave the fuel more lubricating ability.

Introduction to Commercial Vehicle:

In the year 1936, Mercedes introduced its first automobile, Mercedes-Benz 260D. However, the interest in diesel-powered cars grew after the World War II. As this fuel was indulged in providing the vehicle with high efficient results, many of the taxi companies opted for diesel engine for cost-effectiveness. With time, the increased of diesel fuel caused a shortage of the fuel in 1940s-1950s.

Although these diesel-fueled cars were growing common, the Volkswagen introduced the first compact car with a diesel engine in 1975. The Diesel Jetta was introduced in the response to the oil crisis in the 1970s and was tagged as the most fuel-efficient car.  However, with the passing time, there was a vast improvement in the diesel engines for passenger cars, resulting in popularity of diesel-powered cars in Europe.

Modern Diesel Fuels:

In the modern diesel fuels, you would be able to find less of sulfur, which results in fewer sulfur emissions at the tailpipe. However, most of the nation has now ban high and mid sulfur diesel fuels, and limit their use to off-road and industrial purpose. In 2006, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency mandated the usage of ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel. When this fuel is combined with modern emission control systems, the result is an automobile that has tailpipe emissions as low as, and sometimes lower than, traditional gasoline-powered cars.


With the world’s oil supply is shrinking, interest rebounded in Rudolph Diesel’s original engines that burned vegetable oil. However, if there are minor engine modifications done, every modern engine can burn vegetable oil. Some of the vehicle owners collect vegetable oil from fast food restaurants, and by filtering the oil, it can be burned in numerous modern cars.

This is how diesel took its leap in the modern world and today, the demand is touching the sky. However, if you have IFTA license and crossing your base jurisdiction, you are liable to file IFTA return for the quarter. So gear up filers, the first quarter due date is round the clock. We hope are ready with the documents for filing your return. Come over to TaxIFTA.com and prepare your return without any errors to discover. It is easy, simple and much time efficient.

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