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Run Your Car on Wood? No Joke.

I’ve heard of making fuel from wood before, but rarely does using wood as fuel come up. However, just today I was pointed to this site, hosted by a local radio station, with a real-life example of someone burning wood as a fuel in his truck. I can’t say for sure how the system works, […]

May 13th

MicroFueler Makes $1/gal Homebrew Ethanol From Sugar

Homemade ethanol guru Floyd S. Butterfield and Silicon Valley entrepreneur and innovator Thomas J. Quinn want to see you making ethanol in your backyard. Their creation, called the E-Fuel 100 MicroFueler, is a stacked washer-dryer sized reactor that can convert sugar into ethanol for (they claim) $1.00 per gallon. Before you get too excited, please […]

May 8th

Natural Gas Cars: CNG Fuel Almost Free in Some Parts of the Country

While the national average price of gasoline is now $3.60, some residents of Utah are happily filling up on compressed natural gas (CNG) at $0.63 per gallon. That’s the country’s lowest price for CNG, which has understandably caused a surge in demand for vehicles running on a fuel that one man described as “practically free.” […]

April 29th

Biodiesel Myth (Or Fact?) #23: Biodiesel is Raising Food Prices

[social_buttons] Increased world demand for grains and vegetable oils due to population growth (esp. in China and India), the weak dollar, agricultural production problems around the world, and $100/barrel oil are some of the driving factors accounting for increasing food prices. After covering 22 of the most popular myths about biodiesel, I realized I’d only […]

April 11th

Biodiesel Mythbuster 2.0: Twenty-Two Biodiesel Myths Dispelled

[social_buttons] Most of us are at least vaguely familiar with biodiesel, but how much do we really know? While biodiesel is easily the most popular alternative fuel available, it’s commonly misunderstood or misrepresented by inaccurate information. Since the most frequent question I get is, “So what exactly is biodiesel, anyway?“, I decided to write a […]

April 10th

Get 120 MPG Out of Your Prius (Plug It In)

55 MPG isn’t good enough for you? Then try adding a plug to your hybrid. The electric-car company ZAP, in conjunction with Hybrids Plus, has announced it will offer plug-in hybrid conversions for the Toyota Prius and the Ford Escape Hybrid: Hybrid vehicles retrofitted with systems from Hybrids Plus of Boulder, Colorado can achieve a […]

March 11th

Sick of Gas?: Convert Your Car To Run On Electricity

If you can’t buy the car you want, then build it. Gregg Abott (aka Gadget) custom-converts cars for a living, but instead of tricking out cars to run on biodiesel or get better mileage, he’s hacking them to run on electricity. He’s the owner of Left Coast Electric, a Santa Monica based company with a […]

March 10th

Learn How To Make Biodiesel On YouTube

Trying to learn how to make biodiesel, or interested in seeing how it’s done? It always helps to get a visual, and you may not be aware that there are currently enough biodiesel videos on YouTube to develop an entire college course on the subject. I’ve thrown out a representative sample, just to give you […]

March 4th

376.59 MPG Car Found In Museum (It Was Built In 1959)

Think you need a hybrid to get great mileage? Try a souped-down 1959 Opel T-1. In another tribute to high-mileage car hacks, a man named Evan McMullen rediscovered a 1975 Guiness-World Record-Setting car that got 376.59 MPG. It was wasting away in a museum in Florida: That number doesn’t come from some manta ray-shaped, wind […]

February 29th

6 Ways To Find And Use Biodiesel Anywhere (Part II)

The first part of this guide should give you some good resources for finding biodiesel at home and on the road. But don’t think you have to rely on retail biodiesel to get by. Homemade (aka “homebrew”) biodiesel may be available in your area, or you may be inclined to make your own. While fuel […]

February 26th

6 Ways To Find And Use Biodiesel Anywhere (Part I)

Looking to find a source of biodiesel? Perhaps you followed my previous post, 7 Steps To Buying A Diesel, or maybe you already have a vehicle and feel it’s time to boycott OPEC oil. Either way, this guide will help you figure out how to get from A to B exclusively on biodiesel. Part II […]

February 25th

Biodiesel Guide: 7 Steps to Buying a Diesel

Thinking about ‘converting’ to biodiesel? It’s not as hard as you think. This series of posts is intended for readers looking to start using biodiesel by finding an older diesel vehicle, ‘converting it’, and then finding a local fuel source. Before embarking on a biodiesel adventure, it may be a good idea to determine whether […]

January 9th