In 2004, EarthRoamer became the first US company to offer a four wheel drive motor home that exclusively uses biodiesel fuel. The Colorado based company made the most environmentally friendly recreational vehicle with solar panels to recharge the battery. It has many other green features as well. The Xpedition does not depend on external sources for water and power.
Coachman, a very popular manufacturer of recreational vehicles, has also introduced biodiesel motorhomes to the market place. These motor homes also use solar power to run the electrical systems in the RVs. The Sportscoach is a dream come true for campers who want greener ways to travel.
These motor homes have all the bells and whistles of any other recreational vehicle on the market today. The living space, storage space, kitchens and cabs are just like any other motor home, but everything that can be made more environmentally friendly about them has been.
The biodiesel available at service stations today use a mixture of biodiesel and petroleum based diesel. This mixture is called B20, a blend of 80% diesel fuel and 20% biodiesel. These biodiesel motorhomes get similar fuel mileage and horsepower to other commercially available motor homes. The difference is drastically lower emissions.
The 20% less diesel fuel means 20% less dependence on non-renewable fossil fuels. They also emit significantly less sulfur, carbon monoxide and particulates than diesel fuel.
Biodiesel Production Process
The biodiesel production process uses some raw materials that would be wasted.
The dropping biodiesel cost can easily make the switch well worth it.