VegOil Fuel: the Unsung Alternative

Series produced by Cynthia Shelton

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Exploration of Straight VegOil as a viable mainstream alternative fuel

In the winter of 2005 I tested VegOil as an alternative fuel by buying a diesel car, modifying it to run on Straight Vegetable Oil (NOT BioDiesel), and driving it across the U.S., interviewing industry players along the way. See below for the breakdown of the six-part series:

1) Intro to VegOil - what it is, how it works, description of my road trip
2) Driving on VegOil - the diesel difference, VegOil difficulties, Suzanne Shanley (driver), Ray Holan author of Sliding Home (vegoil guidebook)
3) Regulating VegOil - Legalities, Justin Carven of Greasecar, Andrew Couch of Deep Fried Rides
4) Fueling VegOil - Bruce Davidson of the Sirius Community, reactions of public, how-to filtering of fuel
5) History of VegOil - American love of cars, Vivian Andrus 96 year old driver compares early Model T driving to VegOil driving
6) VegOil Conclusions - Infrastructure blockage of mainstream use, overview, future of VegOil

This series was originally created for KUNM in Albuquerque NM

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In the winter of 2005 I tested VegOil as an alternative fuel by buying a diesel car, modifying it to run on Straight Vegetable Oil (NOT BioDiesel), and driving it across the U.S., interviewing industry players along the way. See below for the breakdown of the six-part series: 1) Intro to VegOil - what it is, how it works, description of my road trip 2) Driving on VegOil - the diesel difference, VegOil difficulties, Suzanne Shanley (driver), Ray Holan author of Sliding Home (vegoil guidebook) 3) Regulating VegOil - Legalities, Justin Carven of Greasecar, Andrew Couch of Deep Fried Rides 4) Fueling VegOil - Bruce Davidson of the Sirius Community, reactions of public, how-to filtering of fuel 5) History of VegOil - American love of cars, Vivian Andrus 96 year old driver compares early... Show full description


Additional Files

  • Series script in six parts including announcer introduction (ABQTake2.cwk)
  • Craig Reece of Neoteric Biofuels and his Vormax VegOil fuel filter (CraigVormax.jpg)
  • The author with her car just after it was modified for VegOil (CynCar.jpg)
  • Justin Carven of Greasecar filling the VegOil tank (JustinFueling.jpg)
  • Link to my WVO info site with photos and blog from the road trip (WVOtoGOlogo.jpg)
  • On-the-road filtering on I-90 (FuelingI90.jpg)

6 Pieces

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VegOil wrap up - Why aren't we all driving VegOil?

  • Added: Sep 13, 2005
  • Length: 05:29
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Legality of driving and selling VegOil as discussed by two industry players

  • Added: Sep 13, 2005
  • Length: 05:01
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How the experience of driving VegOil parallels the experience of the first automobile drivers.

  • Added: Sep 13, 2005
  • Length: 06:06
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Public reaction to VegOil , How-To gather and filter VegOil

  • Added: Sep 13, 2005
  • Length: 05:25
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Exploring the diesel difference, VegOil difficulties, gathering fuel on-the-fly

  • Added: Sep 13, 2005
  • Length: 05:11
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Introduction to the six-part series exploring straight vegetable oil (VegOil) as a fuel

Bought by KMRE-LP


  • Added: Aug 30, 2005
  • Length: 05:21
  • Purchases: 1