Because alternative fuels haven’t quite achieved the universal, everyday popularity of petroleum fuels, there tends to be a lot of talk about the drawbacks of alternative fuel sources, including biodiesel. Much of this talk is simply myth. At SeQuential, we want to demystify a few of the most common misperceptions , so you can see just how great biodiesel really is.
- 1. Biodiesel takes a serious toll on vehicle performance.
This is simply not true. Most vehicles demonstrate similar or better performance metrics when using biodiesel, including mileage and torque. Additionally, the most commonly available biodiesel blends are B5 (5% biodiesel) and B20 (20% biodiesel), which a superior fuel blend that combine the performance of petroleum diesel with the clean-burning characteristics of biodiesel.
- 2. You can’t use biodiesel in cold weather.
When stored properly, biodiesel blends are perfectly suitable for use all year round, from the warm summer months to the frigid days of February. Reputable biodiesel retailers are generally well-versed in the appropriate cold-weather management practices, so there’s no need to worry over vehicle troubles stemming from biodiesel’s cold-weather properties. It’s also worth reiterating that most blends used for transportation are still primarily composed of petroleum, which means that its cold-weather properties play a much larger role than those of biodiesel.
- 3. There’s no strict quality-control process for biofuels.
This one’s easy to prove wrong. The U.S. biodiesel industry has been growing for years, and renowned standards organization, ASTM International, has created clear biodiesel guidelines that govern the production of biodiesel used across the nation. Additionally, many biodiesel producers – like SeQuential – participate in a stringent third party certification program called BQ9000, which helps ensure that all the biodiesel produced in their facilities is of the highest quality.
- 4. The biodiesel production process takes a serious toll on the environment.
Biodiesel producers around the world have found a host of efficient ways to create biodiesel without clearing more land for additional crops. SeQuential, for example, creates our local, low carbon biodiesel from waste oils collected from restaurants throughout the Pacific Northwest – no additional crops necessary.
- 5. Using biodiesel will void an engine warranty.
Thanks to biodiesel’s meteoric rise in popularity, almost 80% of diesel vehicles in the U.S. are designed to support biodiesel blends up to B20, rendering this worry null and void. Medium- and heavy-duty trucks are even more likely to be compatible with these biodiesel blends.
Try It for Yourself
With these major myths busted, you should be ready to reap the benefits of SeQuential’s high-quality biodiesel blends. Find out where you can experience the SeQuential difference at a retailer near you.