Happy Monday! I went and saw Carmanah last night, a band from Victoria BC, that promotes sustainability and environmental awareness through their music. Their music is experimental folk rock... they even had an African djembe and a rock and roll version of a violin up on stage at one point. In between a couple songs they were talking about their tour and mentioned that their tour truck is fueled by vegetable oil. Of course my ears perked up. Vegetable oil? How come I've never heard of this?
I was able to catch the band after the show and they were really open to chatting with me and telling me more about the eco version of Pimp my Ride. learned that cars and trucks that are equipped with diesel engines can burn veggie oil...pretty darn neat. It's Renewable, easily available (just stop at any fast food restaurant to fuel up) and it reduces air pollution. I talked to a member of another band, The Barefoot Thieves, who gave Carmanah the inspiration to go veggie their ride, and he said that they get a lot of their vegetable oil from local restaurants on Vancouver Island. What a great way to reuse cooking oil, especially in British Columbia, where currently there is no province-wide recycling program for leftover cooking oil, fat or grease.
Want to Run your car on vegetable oil?
Vegetable oil is a bit thicker than biodiesel or conventional diesel fuel, so some modifications are needed. Luckily, to help with the conversion you can buy kits online from $200-$800, depending on the quality of the kit. There are lots of resources on the web too. If you're mechanically inclined, you can even install the kits yourself. And if you're in a band, you can tour the entire country using this type of renewable fuel.
What these artists are doing is pretty inspiring, and not to mention they produce some pretty good tunes too.
¡Viva la Veggielution!