NC attorney proudly logs thousands of miles a month on biodiesel

By Ron Kotrba | October 15, 2014

For the past eight years, Asheville attorney Lakota Denton has been powering his vehicle with biodiesel from Blue Ridge Biofuels. Lakota’s work as a personal injury attorney requires him to log thousands of miles all over North Carolina every month, and he is proud to use biodiesel in an effort to support local business, reduce emissions and utilize an alternative energy source to Big Oil.

Today Denton drives a 2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI. Previously he owned a Dodge Ram Cummins Turbo Diesel.

His interest in biodiesel comes from wanting to support a local business—Blue Ridge Biofuels—while reducing emissions and his carbon footprint, and fostering a renewable alternative to the conventional oil industry. He particularly appreciates how Blue Ridge Biofuels partners with local businesses to use their recycled oil, as it bolsters community involvement and sense of ownership.

Denton says his experience has been very positive with biodiesel over the past eight years, with no negative effect on fuel economy. He adds that his vehicle runs great, with no issues and no needed maintenance as a result of using biodiesel.

Currently the biodiesel pump at which Denton fills up sells B50 supplied by Blue Ridge Biofuels, but it changes with the season. In the summer months B99 is sold, and in the colder months it sells B20.

“A lot of people stop and ask me what biodiesel is,” Denton says, “and they think that you need to alter your diesel’s engine in some way to use it—like if you were running on pure veggie oil, which of course I’m not. One guy in a big truck came up to me in a parking lot and said, ‘I love your car, it smells like french fries and burgers!’” 

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