|The essential alternative
Crude oil, the mineral source of petroleum diesel, is not sustainable. It will eventually run out. According to the EU, our dependency on oil must end by 2030, which is why major oil companies throughout the world have developed biodiesel as the pre-eminent motor fuel alternative. In addition, some of the leading motor vehicle manufacturers are now approving biodiesel for some of their engines, and an increasing number are providing engine warranties that specifically approve the product. Most carmakers now recognise that their vehicles can be changed to biodiesel without having any effect on existing warranties. A change in the way we fuel our motor vehicles is as necessary as it is inevitable.
Biodiesel is typically manufactured from renewable and sustainable sources such as rapeseed and used vegetable oils. As a means of powering the vehicle, it is no less efficient than the petroleum product, over which it also has several advantages. Its high cetane index means better ignition and combustion, and, because it contains oxygen, it burns more efficiently and cleanly, thereby improving fuel consumption. It has superior lubricity, which means less engine wear and therefore longer engine life; and it is non-hazardous and non-toxic. By using biodiesel, the general motorist can save money; for the fleet operator, the savings can be significant.
|Advantages of Using Biodiesel
• manufactured from renewable and
• as efficient in use as petroleum diesel
• better than petroleum diesel at ignition
• cleaner burning and more efficiently
• better lubricity means less engine wear
• a facilitator of longer engine life.
• non-hazardous, and non-toxic
• a money-saving alternative.
A change in the way we fuel our motor vehicles is as necessary as it is inevitable.