Fuel Options to Offer at a Service Station

While it may sound obvious that a gas station provides fuel, there are more options than only unleaded available. There are more vehicles on the road who use diesel, super unleaded, electric and biofuel to run their vehicles. By having more than one type of fuel available, your gas station can cater to more people thus increasing your chances of making a profit.


Gas station construction involves putting fuel tanks beneath the ground to deliver fuel to the pumps above ground. Common unleaded gasoline options include regular 89 octane fuel, premium-grade and mid-grade. Some gas stations may also have two additional in-between octane levels with as high as 93 octane. The higher the octane, the more money it costs per gallon.


Diesel isn’t only for large trucks and farm equipment. Daily drivers can use diesel fuel as well. Even having a few pumps with diesel increases the types of vehicles your gas station caters to. Separating out diesel from the main gas pumps can allow you to entice large trucks to stop at your establishment.


Electric and hybrid vehicles have risen in popularity in recent years. Offering charging stations gives you the ability to increase your customer base. Catering to new customers increases the station's ability to make a profit both on fuel services and convenience store purchases.


Ethanol is the most common form of biofuel served alongside unleaded gasoline. E10 is the most common blend using 90% gasoline and 10% of the ethanol alcohol. However, flex-fuel vehicles can use up to an 83% ethanol blend to run their vehicles. Biofuel is made from plant materials and often costs a few cents cheaper than regular unleaded gasoline.


You can also offer additives as an upcharge on fuel. Many of these additives offer fuel economy savings and can help clean fuel injectors. These are in addition to those already added to the purchased fuel.