• Apr 30, 2010
Veggie Van – Click above to watch video after the jump

Diesels continue to set records all over the place. Audi and Peugeot are dominating the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) with their diesel-powered race cars. The mighty Touareg TDI destroys the offroad competition at Dakkar. Volkwagen's TDI cup is gaining popularity and respect. And who could forget Willie Run '08 (hehe)? Well now, a team of Canadians are on the verge of completing a 45,000-km (27,962-mi) trip in their waste vegetable oil (WVO)-burning Mitsubishi Delica diesel minivan.

In March, Cloe Whittaker and Tyson Jerry broke the standing record of 38,137 km (23,697 mi), set back in 2006 by a German team, as they crisscrossed the continent, stopping to talk to local schools about sustainability. By the time they're done, they'll have driven through every state, province and territory in the U.S. and Canada, all on WVO donated by restaurants they pass along the way. Check out a video interview with Whittaker and Jerry after the jump and check out the team's website here.

[Source: Treehugger]

Tyson Jerry and Cloe Whittaker Break Record for Alternative Fuel from Lloyd Alter on Vimeo.



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      • 4 Years Ago
      So, let me get this straight. You're traveling tremendous distances, burning all this oil, polluting the air, to show others how to no pollute? Is this what you call an OXYMORON? I'd rather you say you're on a pleasure trip and you can save money by scrounging used cooking oil from restaurants. When you're burning oil, you're polluting. There's no ECO-anything about it! It's bad for the environment no matter what your purpose.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Umm... not an oxymoron, but it is an example of irony.
        • 2 Years Ago
        Not really ironic or oxymoronic. The problem with burning fossil fuels is that it introduces hydrocarbons to the atmosphere that were heretofore buried under earth's surface---the concern being that the additional carbon, et al. in the atmosphere has a deleterious effect on global temperatures (e.g. melting the ice caps, climate change, etc.). Burning oil produced from plants, at least in theory, does not have the same effect because the carbon and other chemicals already existed in earth's atmosphere and were converted by plants to combustibles. Certainly there are many arguments to be made that this is still ecologically inefficient---from the diesel fuel burned to harvest these crops, the electricity (by and large produced by burning coal) to convert them into oil, and the vast ecological harm caused by massive farming operations (soil erosion, fresh water usage, pesticides, genetic modification, etc.), to name a few---but the burning of waste oil from restaurants by itself is not a major concern.