The Big Picture for Biofuels: Page 3 of 3

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Intro Graphic.
Switchgrass growing.
Ethanol can be made from high-cellulose plants like switchgrass. But will it be financially or environmentally viable?
Commercial ethanol manufacturing.
Huge industrial ethanol plants transform corn and other feedstocks into biofuel.
Biofuel and ethanol filling station.
Ethanol (and biodiesel) pumps are few and far between.
Jars of biodiesel.
Homemade biofuels made from locally sourced waste vegetable oil or other feedstocks are a viable but small part of the alternative fuel solution. Below, biodiesel produced from used cooking oil (left) and virgin canola oil (right).
Intro Graphic.
Switchgrass growing.
Commercial ethanol manufacturing.
Biofuel and ethanol filling station.
Jars of biodiesel.

Even with an electric car, consumers still have to pay for electricity. WVO can often be obtained free from a local restaurant. “There’s just something about driving for absolutely nothing, other than a little sweat equity,” says Reece. “I love driving for free [and] beating the system.” 

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Brad Berman (brad at hybridcars.com) is the founder and editor of HybridCars.com and PluginCars.com. He writes about hybrids and electric cars for The New York Times, Detroit Free Press, and other publications. He is the transportation editor for Home Power magazine, and the co-organizer of GreenDrive Expo, an annual consumer expo about green transportation in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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