Would You Use US-made Alternative Fuels in Your Vehicle? - page 2

What is biodiesel? Biodiesel is a vegetable oil-based fuel that runs in diesel engines - cars, buses, trucks, construction equipment, boats, generators, and oil home heating units. It's usually made... Read More

  1. by   Morguein
  2. by   vaughanmk
    I found this info on www.biodiesel.org

    ---If every diesel vehicle on the road today used five percent biodiesel, the United States would displace the equivalent of 1.7 billion gallons of foreign oil.
    ---Today's advanced diesels offer a cleaner, quiet, durable, powerful, reliable product that has increased fuel economy (30 percent) and reduced greenhouse gas emissions (20 percent) versus gasoline powered vehicles.
    ---Using a 2% blend of biodiesel is estimated to increase the cost of diesel by 2 or 3 cents per gallon, including the fuel, transportation, storage and blending costs. Any increase in cost will be accompanied by an increase in diesel quality since low-blend levels of biodiesel greatly enhance the lubricity of diesel fuel.
  3. by   sayward
    It appears that bio-diesal:--'once used oil' is a good and viable alternative. It wud be so even if it were mixed w. a percentage of diesal, say 12 to 15%. The writer of the first post, Sleepyeyes, writes that as little as 2% mix cud lower emissions by as much as 30%. This is substantial. I can buy my gasoline [mid-grade] in town w. 5% ethanol, and sometimes do. Does this reduce, I wonder, my emissions considerably? Even if one day 'we' looked on this as a transition fuel, it sounds good for us and for all of our future. Best of the season . . .