Running a Car On Vegetable Oil
(An intro to how I got interested in alternative fuels. See
my blog for more details and the
In May-July 2006 I met a few people who are running their
diesel cars on vegetable oil. By filtering used vegetable oil
from restaurants, they are using fuel that is essentially
free, aside from the time they invest in collecting and
filtering the oil.
I hadn't quite convinced myself that I really wanted to own
and drive a veggie car, but due to a 3 degrees of separation
type scenario, I ended up with a 1980 Mercedes 300d that I
couldn't pass up. I am starting a blog and also tracking my
expenses to calculate my return on investment, which I expect
will be somewhere around 10 months.
I'm not the type of person you might initially think of as a
vegetable oil car owner. I am someone who has a 50 mile round
trip commute 5 days a week. Not only do I enjoy my 2001
Nissan Xterra SUV, I love driving it. I love being able to
see above the smaller cars on the road and I love not feeling
like all the Expeditions and Hummers are going to run over
me, which is how I feel whenever I drive a car. The stereo in
the Xterra has an iPod port. I love having a zippy truck that
can pick up speed on a hill. I'm changing to a car that's 26
years old. It's possible that I won't like driving a car and
sitting lower to the ground, but I am doing a 12 month
experiment to see how much work is involved. I'm doing it for
the environmental benefits and so my money is not going to
middle eastern countries. I'm doing it so it won't cost me
$50+ to fill up my tank.
Click on one of the blog topics to the right to read more.
-- If you want to learn more about how to convert a diesel
car to run on vegetable oil, what types of cars are best, how
to collect and filter oil, check out the LINKS page.
-- To read about my experience, from the first time I found
out it was possible to run a car on vegetable oil, to buying
my car, converting it and the driving experience, check out
"MY VEGGIE CAR BLOG."