Deep-Fried Road Trip

For many people, the summer road trip includes trips to the beach, and of course, frequent stops to the gas station. Two college students are driving across the country in a car that runs on used vegetable oil. So when most people pull in to the gas station this summer, they pull up to the grease traps. They say it's a way to raise awareness about alternative fuels, and save a bit of money. Katie Carey brings us this audio postcard.

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For many people, the summer road trip includes trips to the beach, and of course, frequent stops to the gas station. Two college students are driving across the country in a car that runs on used vegetable oil. So when most people pull in to the gas station this summer, they pull up to the grease traps. They say it's a way to raise awareness about alternative fuels, and save a bit of money. Katie Carey brings us this audio postcard:

MATT: My name is Matthew Rolen Stucky. I am taking this í85 Mercedes Benz Diesel with a grease car kit, putting old vegetable oil that we find from restaurants along the way and sticking it in and making it go.

DEVIN: Hi, Iím Devin and weíre getting our fuel for the car from mainly restaurants from the deep fryer. They dispose of the grease and we just take that and filter it a couple times.

MATT: Well I pre-filter it - itís basically a water filter. I have a couple mesh filters that it goes through and then it goes through a second gas tank where it heats up and runs through the car and then has one more engine filter that it goes through secondary. You can drive this around everyday nearly in every situation and it doesnít slow down your gas mileage you have the same top speeds, the same acceleration, literally you will not be able to tell the difference, until you realize youíre not buying the gas, and then you are happy about it.

DEVIN: We have a journal in the car and we have a tally of how many hummers weíve seen on the road trip so far and I think the tally is to sixteen, and we kind of do a little ëha-haí every time we see one. Just because we know how much they are spending on gas.

MATT: The reactions range from people saying, ìOh yeah, you are putting it in your car, great, yeah here take it.î To people going ìYou do what? What does it do in your car?î And they donít believe it and they want to go see it sometimes.

DEVIN: Some people this is the first grease car they have ever seen and they just think it is awesome that someone is out there doing it. Itís not a solution for everyone, again, thereís not going to be waste vegetable oil for every single person that wants to drive in the car around the country, so it definitely is not a solution to the fuel crisis. Itís just us trying to do our part to raise awareness.