Biodiesel Basics (Fact Sheet)

Kevin Eber

Research output: NRELFact Sheet


This fact sheet 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, 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 - 2014

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/FS-5400-61935

Other Report Number

  • DOE/GO-102014-4420


  • AFDC
  • alternative fuel station locator
  • Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC)
  • ASTM D746
  • ASTM D975
  • ASTM standard D6751
  • ASTM standards
  • biodiesel
  • biodiesel blends
  • cetane
  • cold-flow properties
  • crystallization
  • elastomers
  • flow improvers
  • fuel filters
  • life-cycle carbon emissions
  • lubricity
  • National Biodiesel Board
  • OEMs
  • off-road vehicles
  • on-road
  • original equipment manufacturer


Dive into the research topics of 'Biodiesel Basics (Fact Sheet)'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this