Biodiesel Cars and Trucks could save us

To say that the world is desperate for a reliable and inexpensive alternative fuel source to get us away from our dependency on fossil fuels (and oil-based products in particular) is probably the understatement of the century.

We are far too dependent on fossil fuels today. We’re dangerously dependent on some of the most volatile regions and governments on the planet to provide us with those fossil fuels. We are also just now starting to really grasp the amount of – hopefully not permanent – damage that we’ve done to our environment because of our dependency on these fuel sources.

At the same time, alternative fuel sources really haven’t given us all that much to be excited about. Sure, we’ve been tinkering with alternative fuel sources and energy solutions for decades now, but the technology has never really been there to give us a viable alternative. At least not an alternative that can be used on a mass market scale.

That is starting to change, however.

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Most older diesel vehicles can run on biodiesel.

Biodiesel cars are joining traditional vehicles on the road at an almost breakneck pace, with millions of these vehicles already pressed into action all over the world. There are also millions more rolling off of assembly lines on a regular basis.

Though biodiesel cars and trucks still currently represent a fraction of the automobiles out on the open road today, people are definitely looking at this alternative fuel source as a potential game changer. They are thinking this may be the fuel source that finally breaks us from our dependency on oil and gasoline.

Of course, like anything else, there are significant pros and cons to moving forward with biodiesel cars and biodiesel fuels. Here are just some of the more important ones that you want to focus on.

Renewable fuels can last forever.

Renewable fuels can last forever.

The pros and benefits of biodiesel cars and trucks

Biodiesel cars use renewable fuel resources instead of fossil fuels.

The biggest benefit that biodiesel cars bring to the table (surprise, surprise) is that biodiesel fuel is created from completely renewable resources that are also non-toxic and biodegradable. Whether we are talking about biodiesel produced from soy, corn, or other natural resources – renewable natural resources – we’re going to be able to break our dependency on fossil fuels. Fossil fuels that cannot be renewed when we make the transition to alternative fuels like this one.

Biodiesel cars result in a significant hydrocarbon reduction

The EPA reports that biodiesel cars are capable of reducing the amount of hydrocarbons in the environment by 20%, not an insignificant number. This is especially good news considering the amount of damage that hydrocarbons do on a day to day basis. As more biodiesel vehicles hit the open road this number should only increase. Hopefully it will increase to the point where we might be able to finally begin to reverse the amount of damage that we’ve done over centuries of burning fossil fuels.

The cons and downsides of biodiesel cars and trucks

Biodiesel quality is still low

Because biodiesel is such a relatively new product, we haven’t been able to refine the production process the same way we have with more traditional fuel sources like gasoline. This means that the end result – the biodiesel itself – isn’t quite as pure, as efficient, or as reliable as it could be. That shouldn’t stop us from continuing to produce this groundbreaking fuel source and innovating along the way.

Biodiesel car fuel is very dangerous when it is being manufactured.

Biodiesel car fuel is very dangerous when it is being manufactured.

Biodiesel is incredibly combustible and potentially dangerous

To say that biodiesel is incredibly combustible is really selling it short. This stuff can be downright dangerous during the production and processing phase of its life. There are a lot of biodiesel manufacturers out there that are doing absolutely everything in their power to innovate new production methods and policies that make for a safer solution. It’s likely that they’ll come up with a couple of major innovations as time goes on to reduce risk significantly. Right now though, the danger cannot be ignored or swept under the rug.

At the end of the day, biodiesel cars and trucks are definitely here to stay. They just may represent the next major innovation in automotive history. They could very well be the key to separating us from our dangerous (on so many different fronts) dependency on oil and fossil fuels in general.

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