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Alternative Fuels, Biodiesel
#161 of 170 Win, Win for biodiesel!
Apr 05, 2006 (8:00 am)
The star at last week's Philadelphia Auto Show wasn't a sports car or an economy car. It was a sports-economy car — one that combines performance and practicality under one hood.
But as CBS News correspondent Steve Hartman reports in this week's Assignment America, the car that buyers have been waiting decades comes from an unexpected source and runs on soybean bio-diesel fuel to boot.
A car that can go from zero to 60 in four seconds and get more than 50 miles to the gallon would be enough to pique any driver's interest. So who do we have to thank for it. Ford? GM? Toyota? No — just Victor, David, Cheeseborough, Bruce, and Kosi, five kids from the auto shop program at West Philadelphia High School
#162 of 170 Re: Biodiesel [loveshemp]
Apr 30, 2006 (9:41 am)
LOL,,,,,,, well as of now, reg gas has past that cost on almost all of the USA stations and surely will rise as summer approaches.
#163 of 170 Re: 2005 Mercedes E320 CDI and Biodiesel [mitch9]
Mar 10, 2007 (6:17 pm)
Whatever happened? I just bought a 2005 Mercedes C320 CDI and I want to use biodiesel in it.
#164 of 170 Re: 2005 Mercedes E320 CDI and Biodiesel [pete55]
Mar 12, 2007 (2:10 pm)
I just bought one as well, and a friend of mine who also did said:
"As I understand it I need to have my elastomer (in gas tank) removed and the fuel lines changed. I'm getting the detail behind this and then I'll get the mechanic...."
I'll let you know how it goes for him, and for me too, but it probably will be a week or two until we find out.
#165 of 170 Re: 2005 Mercedes E320 CDI and Biodiesel [harperb80]
May 01, 2007 (9:09 pm)
Ben - How did it go? I just put in my first biodiesel today (a 75/25 mix for starters).
Jun 14, 2007 (9:56 pm)
Honda sells a wonderful diesel engine throughout the world EXCEPT in the US and they have no plans to sell it here. Looks like we're locked into our gasolene fueled vehicles, lack of public transportation and dependence on middle eastern oil. There's no way out! We're screwed!
#168 of 170 Legends in their own minds
Jun 17, 2007 (6:02 pm)
The move toward diesels by Honda is seen as a very significant step that may ultimately rewrite the book on diesels, since Honda is widely viewed as a leader in powertrain engineering.
"a leader" ? Er..... come again. Didn't Honda just have its hiny whipped with the IMA hybrids ? And now they are off with their tail between their legs to mess with diesels.
NEW RULE : Honda must be banned from rewriting any more books particularly on Diesels which are working just fine the way they are now thank you very much.
#169 of 170 Re: Legends in their own minds [toyolla2]
Jun 18, 2007 (8:35 am)
I'm not a big Honda fan myself. I do applaud the 2.2L diesel they are selling in the EU. They are outselling Toyota as a result of that switch to diesel in the EU. You are right they are way back in the pack of diesel makers.
#170 of 170 Is Algae the answer to our energy needs?
Jun 30, 2007 (6:36 am)
Good reading for those interested in biodiesel as an alternative energy source.
While a number of bio-feedstock are currently being experimented for biodiesel (and ethanol ) production, algae have emerged as one of the most promising sources especially for biodiesel production, for two main reasons (1) The yields of oil from algae are orders of magnitude higher than those for traditional oilseeds, and (2) Algae can grow in places away from the farmlands & forests, thus minimising the damages caused to the eco- and food chain systems. There is a third interesting reason as well: Algae can be grown in sewages and next to power-plant smokestacks where they digest the pollutants and give us oil!