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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-02-2006, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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Rent a Bio Diesel car in Los Angeles

I got this through a list serve and thought to post it to see what people think. I think the idea is good, these people are the first to try this.


Bio-Diesel Car Rental Opens in World's Car Capital

March 02, 2006 By Reuters
LOS ANGELES A company offering rental cars powered entirely by bio-diesel set up shop in Los Angeles Tuesday, hoping to bring the aroma of popcorn and doughnuts to the city's smoggy freeways.

Just one snag -- there is only one place in town to fill up.

Bio-Beetle Eco Rental Cars, which started out on the Hawaiian island of Maui three years ago, opened for business near Los Angeles International Airport with four cars fueled by filtered vegetable oil.

"I've always wanted to come to Los Angeles," said founder Shaun Stenshol. "California is known as an environmentally friendly state and L.A. is the car capital of the world. What better place to do bio-diesel than Los Angeles?"

"As far as bio-diesel rental cars, I don't know of anyone else doing it in the world," said Stenshol, a former Greenpeace worker and environmental activist.

Bio-diesel costs $3.45 a gallon -- about $1 more than regular gas -- but the cars get between 400 and 800 miles per tank. There is only one place where customers can fill up but Stenshol said he hoped to help set up other refueling stations in the Los Angeles metro area.

"There are people who say it smells like popcorn, or french fries or doughnuts. But to me it is just a pleasant tang," said Stenshol.

Source: Reuters


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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-02-2006, 01:37 PM
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Someone's making a killing off this used vegetable oil. Most restaurant chains are happy to have someone haul it away, so all they're doing it filtering and selling? I need to buy stock in that company.
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there's a bit more to the conversion of used cooking oil to biodiesel that just filtering but it's not a difficult process.

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Re: Rent a Bio Diesel car in Los Angeles

It's also been done to Volkswagens, the first and second generations have been converted to run on vegetable oils for awhile now. Joe Average is correct though, there is alot more involved than just filtering and etc.

We'll have to see if this takes off....only time will tell. I see the more environmentally friendly people jumping on this in time like the person from Greenpeace quoted in the article.

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so let me get this right: by eating french fries, I'm helping to reduce our dependence on foreign oil?

go me.
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lol.....that's a different way to look at it.

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