A Honda Insight gets greater mileage with Diesel Power

Imagine that: replace the gas engine in a Honda Insight gas-electric hybrid with a Diesel engine, and the mileage soars.

That said, a comment on Slashdot echoes my inner feelings on the matter: “The current model VW’s that have diesel options (Jetta, Golf, Beetle) can average 50mpg all day long with 4 adults and the AC turned on. The first generation Honda Insight, by comparison, barely fits two grown adults (no back seat at all), and has a much smaller fuel tank. If they did this with the new Insight (their web page seems to have gone up in smoke so I can’t tell which Insight they used) it would be a little more impressive, though they would still be dealing with the technical issues that face hybrids that do no apply to diesel.”

While I am impressed with the project and its accomplishment, I must agree with the above comment. As a happy owner of an ’06 VW TDi, I often drive over 400 miles while using just one-half tank of fuel. And as it uses synthetic oil, the oil doesn’t need changing all that often (8,000-10,000 miles), which makes the going long even easier. It’s quieter than the ’70s and ’80s Diesel cars and trucks, and it looks awful purty on top of that. It’s great!


A little biodiesel makes my TDI a very happy car

Thanks to the Gurnee Fuel Stop, I have biodiesel in the tank again! My car runs much more quietly and smoothly on any ratio of biodiesel to petro-diesel. As the Fuel Stop appears to be the closest place I can get biodiesel without finding out how to enter a local co-op, it may be in my best interests to make it a habit of visiting my future in-laws at least once every two months or so. We can take I-94 down to scenic Chicagoland and then take the more leisurely Highway 41 back up north and pop in the Fuel Station for a quick fill. That works for me!

(And if anyone in the Milwaukee area is willing to help me get biodiesel more locally, let’s talk. I am reachable via Gmail, uid:haazah.)