Seven Benefits of FUSO Medium-Duty Gas Trucks
While there are many reasons why gasoline-powered commercial trucks are a business owner's vehicle of choice, we've compiled the top seven most enticing advantages for you to consider. As you will see, gasoline-powered trucks save you time and money in a number of ways.
No. 1: Lower Acquisition Cost
Simply put, gasoline-powered medium-duty trucks tend to cost less from the get-go. When comparing gas trucks to diesel, gasoline-powered trucks are the less expensive option on the lot, making them easier to acquire and start a fleet for your growing company.
No. 2: Higher payload and profitability
Unless you are doing extremely long hauls every day, chances are that you simply don't need a diesel engine and the extra weight it carries in the first place.
Diesel engines operate under much higher pressures than their gasoline counterparts and 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.
No. 3: Easier, more productive operation
Many FUSO truck owners just like you run businesses that have little to do with trucking and want it to stay it that way.
Whether you manage a bakery, a landscaping service or simply need to carry plumbing or electrical parts from one job to another, a FUSO gasoline truck gets you where you need to go with peace of mind.
No need to manage exhaust gas regeneration events on a complex emissions control 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.
"From a driver's perspective, the daily maintenance and the checkpoints are much more simple. From a very basic level, the only thing you have to check are fuel levels and oil levels in the engine," FUSO expert Otto Schmid said to the magazine Truck News when referring to gasoline engines.
Diesel engines also tend to be noisier than their gasoline counterparts, which can be irritating and a fatigue factor on long workdays. The more rested you are, the safer and more productive you can be.
No. 4: Lower Maintenance Costs
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 cited in the article include: frequency of routine maintenance, engine parts costs, emission system maintenance, turbocharger maintenance and other items that are not found in gas engine equivalents.
The engine type also will impact other components' maintenance costs. The cooling system, for example, works less on a gasoline truck because ignition in the engine is generated by spark plugs, just like in your car. Diesels ignite by compression, which requires a lot of heat generation for the fuel to light up. All that heat needs to be managed by the cooling liquid, radiator and engine oil and can lead to additional maintenance costs.
In its introductory year of the FE GAS model, FUSO is offering its customers up to 10 free oil changes for the first 5-years/75,000-miles (120,000 kilometers). The number of oil changes is dependent on the duty cycle, and your local FUSO dealership can provide more details on this limited-time offer.
No. 5: Less Complex Emissions Control Technology
Environmental regulations issued both on Federal and State levels for diesel-powered vehicles have become more and more stringent. While this is great for our environment, it has added complexity for the operator. The diesel engine, for one, has become a lot more sophisticated compared to engines of the past.
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 an additional injection system that needs to be monitored and taken care of, plus filters to be cleaned or replaced so they don't jeopardize the truck's uptime.
No. 6: Better serviceability
While your FUSO dealer knows your FUSO truck best and is better equipped to service it, you might sometimes need to pull over somewhere else for occasional help.
FUSO uses a proven, reliable and well-known gasoline engine platform that mechanics everywhere are familiar with. No need for diesel-savvy technicians for many maintenance jobs and that's something to look for in a diesel truck technician shortage era.
Moreover, the FUSO cab over engine configuration allows a technician to easily tilt the whole cab for a complete engine access. That's the recipe for service convenience and maintenance jobs that are well done the first time.
No. 7: More Fueling Stations
It's no secret that gasoline is cheaper than diesel. That's not a hard sell. But, the less obvious benefit of a medium-duty gas truck is that gas is more readily available than diesel. There are simply more fueling stations available that offer gasoline. But, unless you're on the road for most of your career, you don't recognize how scarce diesel can become until you're on empty and on the hunt for an exit or service station that carries diesel.
This requires much more precision, strategy, and route planning on part of your drivers—on-the-clock research and prep you might not have originally accounted for. If not, a truck that runs out of fuel means delays, frustrated clients, and potentially the loss of an account.
The FUSO Difference
FUSO trucks are regarded for long-term durability, which is why they are backed with one of the strongest powertrain limited warranty in the business: 5-year or 75,000-mile (120,000-kilometer). FUSO even adds, at no extra cost, the extended transmission warranty from Allison giving customers 5 years of coverage. This warranty is supported and serviced by Allison Transmission and many FUSO dealerships also are authorized Allison Transmission repair centers.
Additionally, should your truck or fleet ever need parts, service, or warranty repairs, FUSO dealerships have factory-trained service technicians to assist you. That's added peace of mind for a small business owner who wants to protect that work truck investment.