1. Abundant – This oil is everywhere, especially if you include used cooking oil from restaurants. Even conversion kits, which allow you to convert this oil for use in a standard diesel engine, are easily obtained.
2. Cleaner – The burning of the oil does not emit the greenhouse gases that fossil fuel combustion does.
3. Sustainable – Unlike fossil fuels, these oils are a renewable energy source.
4. Efficient – It can provide far greater mileage per gallon that gasoline. It has been said that a car fueled with a combination of diesel and vegetable oil can go nearly 1000 miles between fill-ups.
5. Cost – It can be extremely cheap – free, in fact. This is not only due to the lengthy mileage, but also due to the fact that waste oil can be filtered and used.
1. Cost – Yes, this was a pro but it’s also a con. The potential problem is that the cost of it will rise as demand increases.
2. Crops and Deforestation – To meet a rising demand for this oil for cars, more and more land would need to be devoted to growing the crops from which the oil can be produced. This means less land available for other crops that are needed to feed the world. It also means that more land will have to be cleared to make way for these these oil producing crops.
3. Maintenance – The engines that run on this fuel are tricky to maintain. From heating the oil to just the right temperature and viscosity to the tendency of it to clog key components of the engine, maintaining such a vehicle requires vigilance and time.
4. Odor – While the emissions from these vehicles are not of the greenhouse gas variety, they do smell. Most people liken the smell to French fries.
5. Vehicle Warranty – It’s possible that the use of it will void a vehicle’s warranty.
It seems that the pros and cons are conditional with regard to using vegetable oil as fuel. For example, it’s all pros if you have an old diesel van with lots of room for an extra fuel tank and the time and money available to spend maintaining it. It is a more negative option if you have a new, gasoline-run sedan and little time and skill to devote to it. Overall, despite its many advantages and disadvantages, it is still not ready to be used as a replacement for fossil fuels in general.
We hope that Vegetable Oil as Fuel Pros and Cons of helps you make better choices for fuel in the future!