Via magazine
Via magazine - Your AAA Magazine

Biodiesel in Hawaii

In Hawaii you can rent a car powered by recycled vegetable oil.

a Bio-Beetle is parked next to the ocean, image
Photo caption
Explore the islands the ecofriendly way, in a Bio-Beetle.


Here's an excuse to order french fries: Leftover fryer grease from restaurants can be converted into ecofriendly biodiesel fuel. And if you're traveling to Hawaii, you can rent a car powered by recycled vegetable oil. Bio-Beetle on Maui and Oahu offers Volkswagen Beetles and Golfs and Jeep Liberty SUVs starting at $199 a week. The nifty vehicles have all the power of a regular car, and they get 20 to 45 miles to the gallon. After you fill the tank, you’re good for some 500 miles. The islands each have one fueling station, located near the airports. Biodiesel costs about the same as regular gas or a little less. So go ahead and supersize those fries.

Tradewinds U-Drive, Oahu, (888) 388-7368; Maui Car Rentals, (800) 567-4659;

Photography courtesy Bio-Beetle


This article was first published in March 2006. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.