SVO is NOT Biodiesel
There are four things biodiesel and Straight Vegetable Oil (SVO) have in common:
- They both are better for the environment than fossil fuels
- They both help reduce America's dependency on foreign oil
- They both use vegetable oil as their base or feed stock
- They both can only be used in diesel engines
And that's were the similarities end.
The fundamental difference between SVO and biodiesel is that SVO requires modification to the engine to operate, while biodiesel requires modification to the vegetable oil itself.
SVO will always be cheaper to produce than biodiesel because SVO only needs to be filtered and dewatered before it is ready to be used in any vehicle that has an SVO conversion kit. Biodiesel on the other hand, then needs to go through an additional dangerous process which uses caustic chemicals to make the vegetable oil less viscous and slightly more flammable, this process is called transesterification.
SVO requires a heated auxiliary tank that's standard with our kits, biodiesel on the other hand can go directly into the vehicle's standard diesel tank. Since SVO goes into a pre-heated tank, it won't clog up the fuel system on cold winter days like biodiesel does.
The last major difference is that most biodiesel sold is usually blended between 5% to 20% biodiesel while the rest is still petrol diesel, while SVO is 100% vegetable oil, this is another reason why SVO is always cheaper then biodiesel.
SVO technology is ideally suited for those who do long daily commutes. All Greasecar kits must start and stop on diesel. Once the engine and the vegetable oil reach their optimal operating temperatures the vehicle is ready to switch run on SVO. This is why Greasecar has customers in Canada and Alaska using SVO all year round.
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