What Fuel Type Powers You?


What Fuel Type Powers You?

Fuels are categorized two ways. On a broad level, there are petrol, diesel, LPG, and biofuels. On the basis of their individual compositions, the classifications include Premium Unleaded, Super Unleaded, Low-sulphur Diesel, and more. Fuel prices are also rising to astronomical heights with every passing day. So it is only wise to choose a kind that isn't just economical on your wallet but also powers your car in the best possible way.

Petrol, also referred to as gasoline, is suitable for short car journeys. It comes in mostly three forms based on something called its 'octane rating'. The octane rating is a measure of the ease with which the fuel ignites within the car’s engine.

Premium Unleaded (95 RON) - A good mid-range performance fuel compatible with almost all engine types. A majority of small turbo cars run efficiently on it.

Super Unleaded (97/98 RON) - More expensive than Premium Unleaded, it provides ultimate performance in most racecar-grade beasts.

Premium Fuels - These are ultra-performance fuels with an octane rating of 99 RON. Shell V-Power and Total Excellium Unleaded are the best examples.

Diesel is categorized based on its cetane rating, which is a measure of the fuel’s delay of ignition time. If you plan on using vehicles for longer drives, then opting for one with a diesel engine is wise. The three most common types of diesel are city diesel, low-sulphur diesel, and premium diesel, with increasing performance levels respectively in the same order.

Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG)
A much cheaper and cleaner alternative to both petrol and diesel, you can choose to run your vehicle on LPG by getting it specially converted. Choose this option if you are planning to use your vehicle for a long duration both regularly and for extended trips.

Bio-fuels, Hybrid, and Electric
Only a specific range of cars can run on these three types of fuels. Biodiesel is made mostly out of rapeseed oil, while Bioethanol comes majorly from sugarcane and wheat. Hybrids and Electrics are perhaps the best alternate power sources to fuels in general. So what fuel type powers your car?

Source: Ford