Vermont Gradually Boards Biodiesel Bandwagon

Two $2500 grants help Vermont Coffee Co. in Bristol, Sugarbush Resort in Warren and Vermont Law School in South Royalton start using biodiesel fuel.

Published: 31-Jan-2005

Mention soybeans and most people think of tofu or Chinese food. But at Sugarbush ski resort, soybeans are powering groomers on the slopes and keeping snow off parking lots.

Thanks to some recent grants, fuel called biodiesel is being used to power up two Vermont businesses and a school while also helping to bring renewable fuel use into the mainstream.

Produced from domestic, renewable resources such as vegetable oils – including soybeans – and animal fats, biodiesel contains no petroleum. It can be used alone or blended with petroleum diesel for use in diesel engines.


The D1 Lola B2K is only capable of 200mph, some 15mph slower than its petrol-powered competitors, but Lola hopes that, as it will need fewer pit stops to refuel, it could be quick overall.


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