Biodiesel Basics

Research output: NRELFact Sheet


This fact sheet (updated for 2017) provides a brief introduction to biodiesel, including a discussion of biodiesel blends, which blends are best for which vehicles, where to buy biodiesel, how biodiesel compares to diesel fuel in terms of performance, the difference between biodiesel and renewable diesel, how biodiesel performs in cold weather, whether biodiesel use will plug vehicle filters, how long-term biodiesel use may affect engines, biodiesel fuel standards, and whether biodiesel burns cleaner than diesel fuel. The fact sheet also dismisses the use of vegetable oil as a motor fuel.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages2
StatePublished - 2017

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/FS-5400-70127

Other Report Number

  • DOE/GO-102017-5048


  • alternative fueling station locator
  • ASTM D746
  • ASTM D975
  • ASTM standard D6751
  • biodiesel
  • biodiesel blends
  • Clean Cities
  • National Biodiesel Board
  • renewable diesel


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