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Why Convert from Diesel to Vegetable Oil?

3296 Days
of trouble-free motoring on veg oil since converting on 18th June 2008

There are a many of advantages in converting a diesel engine vehicle to run on ordinary vegetable oil instead of standard petroleum based diesel. These include:

  • Vegetable oil is renewable, can be grown almost anywhere and is relatively cheap to produce.
  • As an engine fuel, it produces less than half the emissions traditionally associated with diesels.
  • It doesn’t require nasty chemical tinkering – it’s so pure you could drink it.
  • It’s carbon neutral, so no nasty greenhouse effect drawbacks.
  • It’s biodegradable, so potential spills aren’t as hazardous.
  • It’s a natural lubricant. Many experts believe vegetable oil actually prolongs the life of an engine.
  • If you use recycled oil (say from your local chip shop) known as WVO, you’re actually using an unwanted waste product that might otherwise be dumped.
  • It’s proven – our neighbours in Europe have been doing it for years now.
  • It reduces exhaust fumes with no sulphur dioxide emissions.
  • It's less corrosive to exhausts, catalytic converters, etc, prolonging the life of your vehicle and saving money.
  • It smells better than diesel.
  • It's safe to handle.
  • It's good for farmers. EU regulations mean that many farmers can't use their own fields which is madness. A happy farmer is a busy farmer and rape seed oil for starters makes an ideal crop.

There are lots more advantages. These are just a few, but in essence it’s a green readily available fuel source.

However, don't jump the gun! Before doing anything else, examine the implications of using vegetable oil in your car.


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