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:
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 went about taking his 1999 U.S. 4Runner into
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 t
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
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.
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.
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 right now.
As I've said before and as was certainly evident at the Alt Car Expo this past weekend, people who fill up their cars using homemade biodiesel or VegOil (also known as SVO or WVO) are the most passionate of alternative fuel advocates. The new National VegOil Board is also passionate about sharing not only news about VegOil, but about the people in the business, too.
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 call it waste vegetable oil (WVO), straight vegetable oil (SVO) or virgin vegetable oil (VVO). Those who don't know sometimes confuse thes
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 funding." NVOB founder Cynthia Shelton sent out an email recently explaining why there should be another SVO group.