Gas, Diesel, or Both?
When expanding your fleet and your business having the correct tools is critical. Your fleet should be diverse, so you can handle various tasks that any of your customers need. When expanding your fleet, you should have diversity in the types of step vans you have--diesel or gas. Diesel or gas step vans offer positives and negatives depending on why you need the truck.
Diesel Step Vans
- Good fuel economy
- Diesel fuel is one of the most efficient and energy dense fuels available
- Diesel fuel contains more usable energy than gasoline
- Diesel step vans can go long distances before needing to refuel
- Heavier duty tow load
- Diesel engines have no spark plugs or distributors--they have glow plugs
- Diesel engines can withstand higher compression because the diesel engines commonly last much longer than gasoline engines before needing major repairs. Many diesel-powered step vans clock more than 600,000 miles before they need their first major overhaul.
- Higher upfront cost
- Higher cost of maintenance
- Neglecting the minimal maintenance a diesel step van needs could become very costly
- Not as many diesel repair shops for regular maintenance
- 2010 and newer diesel trucks require diesel emissions fluid (DEF)
Gas Step Vans
- Lower upfront cost-- gas step vans can be up to $10,000 cheaper
- Lower cost of maintenance
- Can be better for city and home delivery routes
- More service centers for the trucks
- Lighter duty tow load
- Not optimal fuel economy
- Gasoline engines need more service for engine oil changes and spark plugs
Implementing both diesel and gas step vans into your fleet will allow you to diversify the tasks your fleet can efficiently accomplish.