Biodiesel

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Roadtrek Adds Solar Power, Biodiesel to Its RV Lineup

I’ve maintained for a while now that the best way to convince someone that nature is worth preserving is to get them out into it. It seems like the people at Roadtrek agree- and they’re going a step further by offering a new B+ class motorhome that not only uses recycled materials in its construction, […]

December 7th

President Obama's Alt-fuel Finder App is Here, and it's Free!

As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to expand access to alternative fuels and give American consumers more fuel options that save money and reduce harmful carbon emissions, the US Department of Energy has launched a new mobile app to help drivers find ethanol, biodiesel, CNG, LPG, and quick-charging EV stations to keep their alt-fuel […]

November 17th

Popemobile Update: Pope Francis' Renault Runs on Biofuel

We’ve talked about Pope Francis’ awesome dismissal of the posh, bullet-proof Mercedes’ of his predecessor with my new favorite Pope-quote: “A car is necessary to do a lot of work, but please, choose a more humble one. If you like the fancy one, just think about how many children are dying of hunger in the […]

September 16th

The US Navy, Biofuels, and the Eco Arms Race

America’s military leaders have been strong advocates for converting America’s war machine to renewable biofuels in general and ethanol in particular, and US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus just wrote a new article over at Foreign Policy that lays out all of his reasons to move away from oil, from dependence on foreign powers to oil’s troublesome logistics and environmental impact.

August 12th

Propel Fuels Planning Massive Expansion

While many major oil companies are trying to grow their green credentials, few actually offer an alternative to the oil-based petroleum. But Propel Fuels is looking to change that, offering drivers in California and the Pacific Northwest their choice of E85 ethanol or biodiesel. And soon, more people will have access to these sustainable fuels, as Propel has announced a massive expansion to new and existing markets.

December 19th

Ford Confirms New 5-Cylinder Diesel For North America

While European automakers like Volkswagen have not been shy about importing diesel engines from Europe, Ford has been coy, even going so far as to say diesels don’t “make sense” for America. But the Blue Oval seems to have changed its mind with the announcement that the Ford Transit van will be available with a 3.2 liter 5-cylinder diesel engine right here in North America.

December 10th

Study Says That Algae Could Replace Petroleum And Soybean Diesel

Ethanol has lost a lot of support in the past few years for a variety of reasons. One of the biggest knocks against corn-derived ethanol is the reduced horsepower and fuel economy, causing some to be wary of an alternative fuel promises. But a new study shows that algae-based biodiesel has nearly the same horsepower and torque output as petrol and soybean diesel.

November 26th

Algae Biodiesel Goes On Sale In San Francisco Area

While some people may scoff at the notion of using seaweed and pond scum to power our vehicles, the potential for algae to replace petroleum as a sustainable fuel source is there. Last week four San Francisco Bay-area gas stations began selling a biodiesel blend of 20% algae-sourced fuel at market rates.

November 19th

This Biodiesel Corvette Race Car Can Be Yours For $3,500

Diesel-powered vehicles are gaining popularity in America, opening up many more opportunities for high fuel-efficiency and the use of biodiesel. But this next ride, a C4 Corvette, boasts a diesel powertrain that would shame even the most stalwart Corvette fans. But for those of us who cheer on the use of alternative fuels, the biodiesel-powered “Corvegge” is a vehicular wonder…and it could be yours for just $3,500.

October 31st

Pro Tractor Pulling Goes Green With Biodiesel

I grew up in a farm town, and one of the biggest events of the year was the tractor pulling event at the annual town fair. But that was small time; pro tractor pulling involves huge machines making massive amounts of horsepower, and starting next year, they will do so running 100% biodiesel. Yeehaw!

October 26th

Cheese Powered Dragster Sets Biofuel Land Speed Record

If I didn’t suck at math, I’d have loved to be an engineer, because engineers get to build all sorts of cool stuff. The latest example that has me regretting taking Tolstoy over tech school is a 100% biodiesel-powered dragster built by Utah State University students that set a new land speed record using a new biofuel sourced from cheese waste.

September 26th