At L.A. Auto Show, Hybrids Are So, Like Last Year

While everyone else is buzzing about hybrids, Hollywood tastemakers and hipsters are already onto another gasoline alternative: biodiesel.

Published: 08-Jan-2006

LOS ANGELES--Here at the LA Auto Show, many carmakers are buzzing about new fuel-efficient hybrid cars. But little do they know, Hollywood tastemakers and hipsters are already onto another gasoline alternative: biodiesel.

Long a green fuel for hippies, biodiesel is an alternative fuel that's made from the fat of animals or vegetables such as soy beans. The fuel runs in any diesel-engine car or truck, so its use doesn't require more than an old diesel-engine car like the Mercedes or a new diesel for sale outside of California. (California prohibits the sale of diesel-engine cars because their use of regular diesel fuel does not meet the state's tough clean-air standards.)

That's why some Hollywood hipsters are trading in their hybrids for old Mercedes and fueling up with biodiesel, which doesn't cause greenhouse gases and is a renewable energy source.

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