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Did anyone else see this? I only caught the end, I didn't see any mention of diesel or biodiesel, they did mention ethanol and electric.
 

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No but the nova website has some info on VEGcar

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/car/my-shelton.html

I used to drive a well-preserved burgundy 1973 Mercedes 220D. I bought it off the Internet after my Colt Vista died and I vowed to no longer drive gas-powered or computerized cars. Converting an elderly car to drive on VegOil became my solution. I love my car. Probably too much.

VegOil is the sister fuel to BioDiesel. Both begin with vegetable oil as a base. BioDiesel uses the transesterification process with alcohol and lye to remove the fatty glycerin from the oil. VegOil merely melts the glycerin to get the same viscosity. For BioDiesel, the fuel is altered but can be used in a regular diesel vehicle. For VegOil, the diesel vehicle is altered.

VegOil is still too much of a lifestyle choice for most people. Much research is needed to standardize the fuel and the conversion kits to melt the oil. Thousands of people drive on VegOil successfully all over the world. The fact that no fueling infrastructure exists and the industry is still developing does not deter me from sharing this renewable option with the public. For this reason I founded the National VegOil Board, a non-profit organization focused on the education about, promotion of, and research into VegOil. It is an idea whose time has come.

I invite you to see the National VegOil site at www.vegoil.us and hear the independent audio series I created about VegOil, which aired on several NPR stations across the country:


They talked about lightweight cars made of carbon fiber, iceland and their power plants and a lot about electric and hybrids.
 

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Very interesting. They are really into ethanol and ethanol busting and far future....but by their own admission, the car of the future is here, it's just not being produced.

One thing they didn't mention was that although a carbon fiber shell is strong and lightweight, it's not like steel and aluminum in that you can't melt it down and reuse it.
 

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One thing they didn't mention was that although a carbon fiber shell is strong and lightweight, it's not like steel and aluminum in that you can't melt it down and reuse it.
They don't rust either....car companies won't like that! You could take a modular shell, salvage the good parts and "rebuild" the car. New engine, new wiring harness, new transmission/driveline, and just repaint the body.
 
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Finally found some time to watch it - those guys are pretty good hosts. I've heard of car talk before but never listened to it.
 
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