By Joseph Then
Most biodiesel fuel that is sold on the market is a blended fuel. A blended fuel includes additives and may even be partially mixed with petroleum. Pure biodiesel is not the best performing fuel in today’s vehicles that were made for use with traditional fuel and that is why blends are used.
Biodiesel blends are available at different levels. Some may offer only a fraction of actual biodiesel in them. Others may be mostly biodiesel. You should be able to easily find out the blend percentages at the station.
Blended biodiesel is a good option, just like biodiesel. It is still giving you many of the benefits and is still worth using over traditional diesel fuel.
Use a Blend
You should use a biodiesel blend because it is going to give you better performance. If you have used regular diesel before in your vehicle you could have issues if you switch to a pure biodiesel. You may end up with a clogged fuel filter and the fuel may flow too slowly. You r best choice is a blended fuel.
Additionally, finding pure biodiesel is very difficult. Most pure forms are not approved through standards that allow them to be sold on the market. Short of making it yourself, you will find it very difficult to get pure biodiesel.
The Good Side of a Blend
Biodiesel blends are still beneficial. They still reduce pollution and reliance on petroleum. The use of biodiesel in diesel fuel means less petroleum used. Overall a blend is still as good as using pure biodiesel. The good side is that you will not have to contend with issues that can occur from using pure biodiesel, like clogs or freeze up.
Biodiesel blends are likely to continue to be the norm because manufactures are still making vehicles to run on traditional diesel. Manufacturers only play to the markets trends. They are not likely to product biodiesel vehicles unless the public starts to really show reliance on biodiesel and that they are willing to use it.
Once the market shows signs on being more apt to use biodiesel then manufactures will respond. It is only then that a pure biodiesel fuel will become more readily available. To make that happen you should use biodiesel as much as possible even if that means using it in a blend. You will be able to help make biodiesel the fuel of the future.