Riding Around Town In A Greasemobile

Rising gas prices got you down? Cheap fuel for your car may be as close as the deep fryer at your local diner.
July 24, 2004, 7am PDT | Deborah Myerson
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The diesel engine was invented in the late 1800's to run on peanut oil---and now, a couple of savvy drivers in Madison, Wisc. have brought that concept to the 21st century, recycling used vegetable oil to keep their cars on the road. Mark Cheyne and Bruce Moore regularly haul away french fry grease from Monty's Blue Plate Diner in 55-gallon steel drums and convert the oil to fuel for their diesel cars, a 1984 Mercedes and a 1996 Volkswagen. The biodiesel benefits the environment, burning more cleanly than gasoline and recycling a waste product. And the cost? Oh, about 50 cents a gallon.

Thanks to Deborah Myerson

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Published on Monday, July 19, 2004 in Wisconsin State Journal
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