FAQ - Conversion

Why should I convert my car?

PPO is by nature a good fuel. However, it is more viscous and has a higher flash point than diesel fuel. This is great for frying but makes ignition more difficult; a pure liquid in its natural form, not typically in all its standard product usages.

We know of many diesel car owners that use (or have used) PPO without converting their car. Sooner or later this will cause problems, often suddenly. It can damage the injection pump, clog up injector nozzles, cause valve failure and destroy the inside of the engine when PPO and motor oil mix. With more than 30 years of research and development experience in this field ELSBETT strongly advices against PPO use without conversion.

The ELSBETT conversion system takes care of these (potential) problems with the following measures:

1. Temperature management,

2. Fuel line improvement,

3. Integration of additional fuel filtering,

4. Adjustment of electronic control functions,

5. Adjustment of injection technology,

6. Control and management functions.

Of course, in addition to this attention needs to be paid to oil quality (see DIN 51605 Quality Standard for rapeseed oil).


What kinds of diesel engines and injection systems are there?

Does conversion need to be mentioned on the vehicle title and/or registration?

Only the diesel tank with the ELSBETT two-tank-system has to be mentioned.

How do engine and injection system help decide what kind of conversion is needed?

ELSBETT single-tank systems are available (and recommended) for:

ELSBETT two-tank systems are available for:

Our two-tank systems are designed in such a way that they can be easily upgraded to a single-tank system, if so desired, once they become available for these particular vehicles.

Which vehicles are good candidates for conversion?

In theory all diesel engines can be outfitted to run on vegetable oil. ELSBETT has the most experience and test mileage with Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz, simply because these are the most popular diesel cars and the most frequently converted ones. But cars, vans and trucks of many other makes have been successfully converted, at this point at least 400 different vehicles.

Does ELSBETT offer a conversion for my car?

With our standardised conversion sets we can cover just about any diesel vehicle; cars, vans, trucks and buses (both 12V and 24V power). We have also converted stationary generators and rail road diesel equipment. Our truck conversions can be used for conversion of Thermal Power Generators (CHP).

How can I convert or have someone convert my car with an ELSBETT system?

Two options: Buy the conversion set and do it yourself (instructions are included), or order the set and make an appointment with a service partner near to your location to have him install it for you.