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Why run cars on plant oil?

Our natural resources are limited, but each one of us can do a part in reducing our footprint.

While it takes millions of years to create mineral oil (and its harvesting has some dire political and economical consequences), plant oil can be renewed within one growing season. And, it can be derived from multiple sources, including algae, that can be grown with limited land use.

Plant oils, like canola oil and often simply called “vegetable oil”, are readily available as a new or used resource. Plant oils are also sometimes byproducts in food or animal feed production. When you use waste vegetable oil (WVO) you’re recycling by converting a waste product into new energy.

Diesel engines, which are generally 30-40% more efficient than comparable gasoline engines, can use different plant oils as fuel as long as they have the right viscosity (are liquid enough).

Did you know that Rudolf Diesel originally presented his engine running on peanut oil?


“The use of vegetable oils for engine fuels may seem insignificant today, but such oils may become in the course of time as important as the petroleum and coal tar products of the present time.” Rudolf Diesel (1912)

It’s difficult to make motor vehicles completely environmentally sound but we can certainly go a long way. That’s why we convert Diesel vehicles to run on pure plant oil (again) mostly from waste vegetable oil sources.

We make converting convenient for you and offer complete conversions, or assistance in your own efforts by supplying parts, consultation and service.