Saturday, July 28, 2007

SHUTDOWN: Getting Busted for Straight-Vegetable-Oil (SVO)

It's all fun and games until the IRS knocks on your door. At least that's what Bob Teixeira must be thinking after his home state of North Carolina fined him $1,000 for converting his 1981 diesel Mercedes to run
straight-vegetable- oil (SVO). Bob was minding his own business when fuel inspectors, out to nab weekend-RVers using illegal fuel, noticed his "Powered By 100% Vegetable Oil" bumper sticker. After being fined by the state for allegedly avoiding motor fuel taxes, Bob was told he should also expect a nice fat $1,000 fine from the Feds, in addition to a $2500 bond if he wants to continue using vegetable oil in his fuel tank.

Prompted by high gas prices, global warming, and good old curiosity, more and more proud diesel owners are converting their vehicles to run on 100% vegetable oil. While the concept isn't new, the number of dedicated users is steadily increasing, and this means more potential conflict with regulators who have no idea what to do with the vegetable oil crowd. Since vegetable oil is not recognized by the EPA as an official alternative fuel, most states have not decided how to handle the issue.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Site Construction Underway

I'm happy to say that VegTruck blog construction is now underway. I've been mulling over certain ideas for the last few weeks, trying to free up the time, excited about the possibilities. More people have asked me for an explanation of the SVO thing in the month than I've had time to answer. A lot of this comes from MySpace traffic, as I recently opened an account. That was a mistake, in terms of time allocation, since everyone asks what I've been doing. Well, I'm going to write a large part of it down here... stay tuned.