My post count here is relatively low and so has been my activity on other EV forums including my own for the past two months (final exams, work etc.). At the moment, I'm raising money for an EV conversion and driving a dinosaur corpse-fueled 1994 Volvo 940 Estate for commutes requiring automotive travel.
Before I continue, I’d like to give a brief overview of my surroundings. Simply put, my home is a model of 20th Century suburbia. We have an inground pool, a second backyard, multiple cars (of which only one is really fuel efficient)*, our house is much wider than it is tall, we live at least 30 minutes away from most-everything when traveling by car and my municipality’s public transport system is horrendously expensive and inefficient. The automobile has become almost a necessity and I’m doing my best to overcome this.
Once it comes to my job, I only go by car when it rains too much or when both my bicycles have broken down. My first is a Niji marathon bike from the early 80s and my second is a mountain bike converted to electricity thanks to “moi”. (http://www.evalbum.com/1614)
Although I drive very little, I’d like to know if there’s anyway I can make any of the following cars run on some form of bio fuel (that isn’t ethanol) that could save money as well as the environment on a student budget. I work at a restaurant, so I’ve already looked into a vegetable oil conversion before going electric, but none of my family’s cars are equipped with diesel engines.
Any help would be greatly appreciated,
*Cars we have and estimated highway MPG according to fueleconomy.gov:
-1994 Volvo 960 Estate auto. 23mpg
-1994 Volvo 940 Estate auto. 24mpg
-1989 Volvo 760 Turbo Intercooler auto. 19mpg
-1968 Volvo 122s two-door manual 30mpg (data unavailable, this is a rough personal estimate)