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Converting your Diesel Car to a more Eco-Friendly Veggie oil car

Do you want to know how you can power a diesel car or engine on used vegetable oil, produce fewer carbon emissions and pay a fraction of the cost? Fuel for free and help restaurants, to get rid of their oils. Lubricate your engine parts and smile!

Get veggie powered – that was the idea of Rudolf diesel anyways!
Rudolph Diesel believed that his diesel engine would revolutionize our world by allowing us to grow our own fuel.
Diesel engines can burn a variety of substances:

  • thick and thin petroleum oils, plant oils,
  • animal oils, flammable gases, and recycled waste products.

And, even stranger, the world has known about this since the diesel engine was first launched in 1901.

Power your car with vegetable oil and smile! today has a map of places where you can get pick up waste oil). Early 1980s Mercedes-Benz diesel cars are favored for veggie oil conversion because they are well-built and use fuel injectors that are tolerant of slightly thicker fuel.

Enormous Environmental benefits, mechanical benefits and significant financial savings. Vegetable oil doesn’t need chemicals nor any other additives and it is environmentally friendly to produce and process. It is biodegradable, CO2 neutral and safe to handle. Vegetable oil is a natural lubricant which results in longer engine life.

The performance is in most cases better than with diesel.

All biofuels (e.g. vegetable oils) are CO2-neutral and free of sulfur and pollutants in their pure, untreated state.

Additional advantages of vegetable oil

  • inexpensive
  • nontoxic
  • biodegradable
  • water reactivity 0
  • flash point approx. 300°C (reduces the risk of fire or accident)
  • requires less energy to produce – locally produced
  • protection of limited fossil fuels

Links/Resources to websites and Kits:

A diesel to vegetable oil conversion kit allows a diesel vehicle, generator or machinery to fuel with SVO – straight vegetable oil / WVO recycled waste vegetable oil! Pretty awesome wah?!
This intelligent fuel system warms vegetable oil to ideal fuel temperature and then automatically switches from diesel fuel to vegetable oil power if you have switched the kit on

  • It’s a natural lubricant
  •  It smells better than diesel
  •  It can extend engine life
  •  It’s a proven system –  they have been doing it for years in Europe and we are running our vehicles and machinery on straight recycled vegetable oil for more than 12 years.

Mechanical Benefits Of Vegetable Oil As A Fuel

Running on vegetable oil results in longer engine life. Standard diesel contains sulphur to aid lubrication, yet vegetable oil is a natural lubricant.

Other benefits include:

  • Vegetable oil is less corrosive than standard diesel.
  • Performance is the same or better.
  • Vegetable oil reduces toxic gas
  • It’s safe to handle
  • No engine modification necessary
  • Only a conversion kit and second tank is needed

This is a significant contribution in favour of the environment!

Veggie oil technology is one of the only environmental technologies with a quick return on investment and then steady savings on fuel cost over time. Did you know that if you run your diesel vehicle or machinery on straight vegetable oil you reduce the greenhouse gas emissions by 80%?

When you make the decision burn veggie oil rather than using biodiesel or other fuel options, you are also making a smart financial decision.  Since veggie oil is a fairly unrefined fuel as compared with the processes used to create these other fuels, it is available for prices below the pump price of diesel fuel. 

Collecting our own Veggie Oil for free from Restaurants etc. Just using one of the offered refinement systems in the links and then you can be burning free fuel. 

simple and Money saving!

There are no modifications to the engine necessary, it’s a second fuel supply system that’s integrated in the existing fuel system.
Chemical processing is not required – Just a good source of filtered oil, which can be collected as used cooking oil from restaurants, grown from a variety of crops, or purchased in bulks.
The best suitable vegetable/plant oils as fuel for converted diesel engines are: canola, rapeseed, sunflower, cotton seed, mustard seed, soy, jatropha

Tests and studies have shown that heated vegetable oil has nearly the same properties as diesel fuel and burns just as effectively in most diesel engines.

Based on long-term experiences many diesel engines can be powered with straight vegetable oil after a conversion, provided that the motor is maintained and in good condition (compression, injection system, glow plugs, …).

We use and offer the leading ATG 2-tank conversion system because it is the most reliable and gentlest system on the market. More than 10,000 diesel vehicles and machinery have been converted with the ATG conversion kit.

>5000 Cars, SUV’s and Vans: Alfa Romeo, Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Citroën, Daihatsu, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, Holden, Hyundai, Isuzu, Iveco, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Opel, Peugeot, Proton, Renault, Smart, Seat, Skoda, Ssangyong, Toyota, Vauxhall, Volkswagen, Volvo

An Australian Story of a Toyota Landcruiser Conversion to Veggie Power!

Sydney-born civil engineer, Gerard Mimmo, 36, and his 28-year-old English wife, Rachel, are not visiting the petrol station every third day, instead the couple have outfitted a six-cylinder diesel Toyota Landcruiser to run on vegetable oil.

They have dubbed their Landcruiser, the “Battered Fish”, because that is what is smells like as it powers along.

The simple modifications to convert from diesel to veggie oil + diesel

Gerard explains they have done very little modifications to their standard diesel 4WD.

  • “Well first of all you have to have a diesel engine to use vegetable oil,” he said.

Heat exchange – heating the veggie oil:

  • “And you can install a heat exchanger, so your coolant from your engine comes through one side and your oil comes through the other side.”

–> This allows the oil to be heated, so it becomes as viscous (higher fluidity) as diesel and the fuel injectors pump it through the engine.

  • The rear tank containing the vegetable oil, runs separately to the front tank which holds the diesel fuel.
  • They’re Starting with diesel – switching to veggie once oil is warmed up
  • “There’s a solenoid in there that switches between the diesel and the vegetable oil,” Gerard said.

“With a cold engine you have to start with diesel. Once it is up to running temperature then you can switch over – which we do inside the cabin,” he said.

Old idea – rediscovered

It is not a new idea, Gerard Mimmo said, explaining how German inventor Rudolf Diesel powered his first diesel engine on peanut oil in the early 1900s.

Today biodiesel fuels are steadily becoming more popular.


  • So how have the couple found their 4WD’s performance when running on vegetable oil (which they filter twice before they use it)?
  • On diesel they were running at about 20 litres per 100 kilometres.
  • Now they are getting between 20 and 25 litres per 100 kilometres.

“So it is very similar,” he said.


  • The Veggie oil is carbon neutral and has been already used
  • It produces less carbon than diesel

Vegetable oil does produce some carbon emissions, but the couple see their use of the oil as “re-using” a product which has already been used.

  • but it will be a lot less and the oil itself is carbon neutral.”

And to make sure their trip meets the carbon neutral tag they are buying carbon credits through carbon neutral car insurance firm

They are offsetting their carbon footpring – we can too:

–> to allow Greening Australia to plant trees in Australia.

Follow the path of Gerard and Rachel around Australia on their trip blog at

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