Many Fuso truck owners just like you run businesses that have little to do with trucking and want
it to stay that way. No need to manage exhaust gas regeneration events on a complex emissions
system, no need to verify emission fluid level or worry about a potentially clogged diesel particulate filter. You just drive and do what you do best: serve your customers.
EPA regulations issued for diesel powered trucks have become more and more stringent. While this
is great for our environment, every emission level increases the complexity of the diesel engines.
On a modern diesel, a urea-based solution needs to be injected into a catalyst to control nitrogen oxide emissions and filters are needed to trap ash and diesel particulates. That's one more injection system that needs to be monitored, plus additional filters that need to be cleaned or replaced so they
don't jeopardize the truck's uptime or your business.
A gasoline-powered work truck typically yields overall lower maintenance costs within its lifetime.
According to research conducted by government-fleet.com, the maintenance cost for diesel engines is typically more expensive compared to gasoline-powered trucks. Factors sited in the article include:
emission system maintainence and turbocharger issues to name a few. The cooling system on a gas
truck works less because ignition in the engine is generated by spark plugs. Diesel engines ignite by compression, which requires a lot of heat generation for the fuel to light up. On a diesel, all that heat needs to be managed by the cooling liquid, radiator and engine oil that leads to additional costs.
Mitsubishi Fuso uses a proven, reliable and well-known General Motors, V8 gasoline engine platform that mechanics everywhere are familiar with. While your Fuso dealer knows your Mitsubishi Fuso truck best with specially trained technicians and is best equipped to service it, you might ocassionaly need help on the road. Remember, your first ten oil changes are free during the 5 Year/75,000 mile limited powertrain warranty and even the Allison automatic transmission is covered by Fuso.
Simply put, gasoline-powered medium-duty trucks tend to cost less from the get-go over comparable diesel trucks. This makes them easier to acquire and start a fleet for your growing company.
Unless you are going cross-country, chances are you simply don't need a diesel engine. Diesel
engines operate under much higher pressure than their gasoline counterparts & require more material
to build them. At equal displacement, a diesel engine is significantly heavier than a gas engine.
Being lighter, a gas engine allows you to carry more payload and maximize your profits.