ELSBETT Conversion Technology - Cars and Vans

Vehicle suitability

Almost all Diesel powered cars and vans can be converted to run on vegetable oil, regardless what type of injection system, including pre-chamber diesels, direct-injection (TDI), unit-injector (PDI), and common-rail (CDI, HDI, etc).

However, some engines are unsuitable due to the limitations of their distribution-injection pump, particularly on traditional direct-injection engines. So distribution-injection systems including injection pumps made by CAV, Lucas, Stanadyne, RotoDiesel or Delphi are not suitable for vegetable oil.


Converting cars with the ELSBETT 1-tank system

With this system, there is no additional tank; all the fuel is held in the original tank of the vehicle. This solution relies on the adaptation of the injection process to the injection characteristics of vegetable oil, so typically, the glow-plugs, injectors, and injector mounts are modified

With this system, you can drive entirely without diesel, except in the winter months, when a certain amount of winterdiesel should be added to the vegetable oil in the tank to keep it flowing freely.

As with the 2-tank system, you can still run on straight diesel, or in any mix of diesel and vegetable oil.

The ELSBETT 1-tank system can be fitted on pre-chamber diesels of most makes, as well as on TDI engines (1,4l, 1,9l and 2,5l) from the Volkswagen group (AUDI, SEAT, Skoda, Volkswagen and some Ford and VOLVO as well as 1.9 dTi motors from Renault).

The typical 1-tank conversion kit would contain the following parts (subject to change):

If an auxiliary heating system or night-heater is desired, then a small secondary tank should be fitted for diesel, as these heaters do not run on vegetable oil.

Converting cars with the ELSBETT 2-tank system

The 2-tank system has a separate diesel tank to start and warm up the engine. Once the engine is warm, it switches over, automatically or manually, to take vegetable oil from the main tank of the vehicle for the main part of the journey. Before long stops where the engine might cool down, the driver switches back to diesel for the last few kilometers of the journey. This flushes the vegetable oil out of the injection system ready for the next cold-start.

The auxiliary tank for a car typically has a capacity of 20-30 litres. In some countries it must be noted in the vehicle particulars by a testing centre, and may be required to have a filler pipe on the outside of the vehicle. In this case, external filling is provided for in the conversion kit and in conversions performed by ELSETT.

The typical 2-tank conversion kit for a car would contain the following parts (subject to change):