TOP TIER DIESEL FUEL
AND TOP TIER INTERNATIONAL
In 2017, the Top Tier team launched Top Tier Diesel
Fuel and expanded the gasoline program outside the U.S.
and Canada. Top Tier Diesel Fuel addresses diesel fuel
improvements desired by light-duty and heavy-duty vehicle manufacturers because fuel-related customer concerns
rank near the top of warranty claims for both industries.
Advanced diesel engines designed to meet increasing
emissions standards require precise control of fuel combustion, during which impurities such as water, particles
and deposits cannot be tolerated. Fuel must be extremely
clean to avoid damaging fuel system components. Fuel
quality is key to meeting customer expectations and regulatory requirements. Proper fuel chemistry can prevent
corrosive acids, peroxides, gums and deposits. Current
ASTM standards do not address all fuel quality problems.
The Top Tier Diesel Fuel performance standard
covers the following items:
• Oxidation stability for biodiesel.
• PetroOxy stability for base diesel.
• Detergency requirement.
• Water control.
• Particulate ;ltration.
• No harms.
Top Tier Diesel Fuel is available only in the U.S.
and Canada pending re;nement of the auditing process.
Expansion into other countries is expected in the next
year or two.
In May 2017, Top Tier expanded to Central America,
followed shortly by Mexico. Other countries interested in
a higher fuel standard are being considered.
For more information, visit www.toptiergas.com.
Rebecca Monroe is the Top Tier program
lead. She has a chemical engineering degree
from Michigan Technological University
and works in the fuels group at General
Motors Co. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Top Tier does not touch the base fuel before the terminal to
avoid driving re;nery-level changes that would negatively affect
the fungibility of market fuel. The additive companies typically
conduct the testing necessary to receive Top Tier approval of
the additive. Most, if not all, base-level gasoline LAC (
EPA-registered) detergents can be increased in treat rate to meet Top
Tier performance standards. Not all terminals are able or willing to offer Top Tier detergent treat rates to all fuel marketers,
which disappoints automotive companies and the fuel marketers unable to offer Top Tier. Many terminals offer Top Tier fuel,
and stakeholders are working on unique solutions for those fuel
marketers unable to secure Top Tier from all of their terminals.
Top Tier bene;ts are numerous. Vehicle owners experience
fewer engine performance issues and are more satis;ed. Fuel
retailers can differentiate themselves by offering fuel that’s
recommended in their customers’ owners manuals. Several
fuel marketers have indicated a signi;cant reduction in vehicle
claims related to fuel quality after switching to Top Tier fuels.
REST based API for robust security,
communication, and scalability
Lower operating costs from storage tanks to vehicle tanks: effectively
monitor key performance indicators for fleets of all sizes with
Fuel View At-A-Glance overviews and comprehensive reports.
• Secure access ensures every drop of fuel is accountable
• Comprehensive OBDII based telematics and GPS
• SaaS Ward cloud hosting
• Complete fuel and EV charger control systems
• Tank level gauging and management For a live demo
visit us in booth