It was not so long ago when biodiesel meant some treehugger clunker of a vehicle was converted to run used vegetable oil in a crude and cumbersome fashion. Those cars would often be in the form of trucks or school buses with extra cab room to store barrels of discarded vegetable oil from restaurants, and the engines would have to be modified extensively to actually use the vegetable oil. Luckily, biodiesel has seen a wide spread adoption not just amongst consumers but across shipping and manufacturing. Biodiesel is a great alternative to a traditional gasoline or diesel engine, and thanks to some modest advances and acceptance of standards, it is easy to adopt. An added boon to the consumer has been that insurance companies have come to accept biodiesel and rates have gone down. From Wyoming to Alabama, auto insurance quotes are largely the same for users of biodiesel across the nation, and the vehicles themselves can be sports cars, classic cars, or the daily commuter.
The way that biodiesel is created is fairly straightforward. Organic waster materials like animal fat and leftover vegetable matter are processed into fuel. These might be anything from animal materials from meat processing plants to corn and vegetable oils. Because of the fast food industry, there is quite a lot of vegetable oil that gets discarded after it is used. Because the oil has broken down after use in the restaurant fryers, it is no longer suitable to be reused, but can be quite easily converted to a combustible fuel. Because of great government subsidies and widespread adoption, biofuel is already a blend in lots of diesel fuel blends. Blends typically range from 2% up to 10%, and are readily safe for diesel engines. This means their engines require no modifications to use the biofuel. Interestingly, the use of biofuels does not put consumers into violation of existing manufacturer warranties.
One of the main reasons that insurance companies have become accepting of the adoption of biodiesel in their coverage is because of the standards that have been put in place. These standards were largely enacted by the American Society for Testing Materials, International, and it was their work that allowed industry wide standards and safety to be set in the production and use of biofuels in automotive engines.
Biodiesel has many advantages. The primary advantage of using biodiesel is its cleanliness. Biodiesel produces less pollutants than stand alone diesel, and the emissions that it does produce are overall lower and not as toxic. Another advantage to biodiesel is that it is cheaper. The consumer has the option of processing leftover biowaste at home, but it is also readily available at the pump, and it is renewable. The commitment on the part of the consumer is very easy. Because cars can use biodiesel with no modification, the consumer can drive without worrying about their fuel usage. It turns out it is smart, easy and affordable for the average consumer to adopt biofuels in their cars and trucks.