Diesel Fuel Dips Below Gasoline Price in More Than 20 States

Updated Jul 31, 2015

Gas Diesel 2015BWS_3658Low diesel fuel prices enhance market for clean diesel cars and pickups 

With diesel fuel prices dipping to the lowest levels since 2009, the U.S. vehicle market is prime for potential market increases as several new 2016 clean diesel cars and trucks prepare to hit showrooms in the coming months, according to Allen Schaeffer, Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum.

Last week, AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report indicated that diesel fuel was cheaper than regular gasoline in 21 states and significantly cheaper than Midgrade and Premium gasoline.

Today, California is the state with the largest gap as diesel is 70 cents cheaper per gallon than regular gasoline.

“The major decreases in diesel prices have emerged at a perfect time for drivers as almost 20 new clean diesel cars and pickup trucks are preparing to enter the U.S. market,” Schaeffer said.  “And when you combine the lower cost of diesel fuel along with its 20 to 40 percent higher fuel efficiency than gasoline, clean diesel vehicles make more economic sense for buyers than ever.

Diesel-Dominated Trucking Industry & Farmers Also Benefit

“These low diesel prices are also great news for America’s truckers, farmers and construction firms.

With 98 percent of all heavy-duty trucks in the U.S. running on diesel the price drop is having a major positive impact on the transportation of goods and agricultural production.” 

To further highlight the economic benefits of clean diesel vehicles, Schaeffer noted that a University of Michigan study released this month “found that the total cost of ownership—depreciation, fuel costs, repairs, maintenance, insurance, and fees and taxes—ranges from $2,000 to $7,000 less over three-to-five years than gasoline versions of the same vehicles.”

“Clean diesel is not a ‘bridge’ concept or ‘down-the-road’ expectation – these vehicles are on the road right now providing impressive hybrid-like mileage and meeting the same emissions standards as gasoline vehicles,” says Schaeffer.

According to research commissioned by the Diesel Technology Forum, diesel cars and pickups are expected to make up about seven percent of the market by 2020 saving almost eight million tons of carbon emissions and about 24 million barrels of crude oil. 

“Low diesel fuel prices that come in under already-low gasoline prices are sure the send signals to interested car and truck buyers to consider the diesel option,” Schaeffer said.  “More new clean diesel cars and trucks will help improve air quality, reduce carbon emissions and promote energy independence.”

More Clean Diesels On the Way

To see a list of clean diesel cars, SUVs and pickups currently available in the U.S. market go here.  Below is a list of the announced new clean diesels coming to the U.S. in the next 18 months.

2016 Diesel Vehicles

2016 Nissan Titan Diesel2016 Nissan Titan Diesel
  • Audi A4 TDI
  • Audi A3 Sportback TDI
  • Audi Q7 Plug-In Hybrid TDI
  • Golf SportWagen TDI
  • Jaguar XE 20d
  • Jeep Wrangler
  • Mazda6 SKYACTIV-D
  • Mercedes Benz GLE 350d
  • Porsche Macan Diesel
  • Range Rover HSE Td6
  • Range Rover Sport HSE Td6
  • Volkswagen CrossBlue Plug-In Hybrid TDI

2016 Diesel Trucks

  • Chevrolet Colorado
  • GMC Canyon
  • Nissan Titan

    2016 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax Diesel2016 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax Diesel

2017 Diesel Vehicles

  • Audi R8 TDI
  • Bentley Bentayga
  • Volkswagen Golf GTD