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What is the difference between biodiesel and SVO?

if you're used to filling up your car with standard gasoline, the difference between biodiesel and straight vegetable oil (SVO, but it also has other names) might be a clear as mud. Here's a cheat sheet. Important Point #1:

You can do it, too: Convert a Toyota 4runner to diesel, then to veggie oil

Interested in a Toyota 4Runner but wish it had a diesel powerplant? In the U.S., your engine options are limited to a 4 liter V6 or a 4.7 liter V8 (and you don't get the V8 in all states). But, if you're not in the U.S. and buying a Toyota Hilux Surf (i.e., a 4Runner with a different name), then you can opt for a diesel engine. Since a diesel engine is made for this vehicle, AutoblogGreen reader Mark G. had an idea. He wrote in to tell us about how he

Biofuels and road taxes, the Alaska edition

In many places around the world, roads are financed at least in part by a tax added to the price of fuel. When we head to the pumps, we pay for a little bit of the road we drive out onto as we leave the station. But people who make their own biofuels don't pay these taxes and yet they drive on roads other people pay for. To make sure the load is balanced out a bit, many governments tax biofuels whether they are home-brewed or purchased. To get an idea of how this plays out in Alaska, check out <

Veggie Girls - six college students cross the country on vegetable oil

Six female college students from schools across the country who call themselves the Veggie Girls decided that high gas prices and carbon emissions were old school. The new thing is finding out "just how far their vegetables can take them" and so the students, from Vassar, Stanford, Scripps, Cuesta, UCSB and Cal Poly, took a two-week trip earlier this year across America in a vehicle running on vegoil. The Veggie Girls got a dozen donors to sponsor the $3,000 conversion of one of the girls' f

Across Australia on 40% water and 60% waste mineral oil (Bios Fuel H2W+)

The 20th World Solar Challenge took place in Australia in October. One of the more unusual fuel types in the Greenfleet Class of the Darwin to Adelaide race was used by a "Troupy," a lightly modified 1989 Toyota Landcruiser.

National VegOil Board gets a test of straight veggie oil emissions, puts out video blog

The National VegOil Board (NVOB) has got some new updates for people in the VegOil (or WVO, or SVO, of whatever you want to call it) community.

Lesson #4: Choose your WVO conversion mechanic carefully

Last August, AutoblogGreen feature writer Ray Holan wrote about his adventure in converting a BMW 3 series from the mid-'80s to run on VegOil. In his introduction, he posted four lessons he learned about the process, and lesson #4 (choose your mechanic carefully) is something that Blogging New Orleans writer Matt Robinson is probably reflecting on Sebastian Blanco

VegOil? WVO? VVO? SVO? What do you call the stuff you put in your grease car?

The National VegOil Board, as you might remember from yesterday, has got a new status for their group (official non-profit) and is setting out to broaden understanding and discussion of using vegetable oil for transportation. The trouble is that the oil has different names depending on the source of the yelloq liquid and the person speaking. Those in the know

National VegOil Board (NVOB) now a non-profit in CA

As of November 3rd, the National VegOil Board (NVOB) is a non-profit operating in California. Ethanol and biodiesel have their national boards and coalitions, so why not vegetable oil (for transportation)? The group's mission is to, "provide education about and support for VegOil as a fuel; to facilitate VegOil discussions and events; to promote VegOil research, analysis and f