Is a Toyota Prius a flexible fuel car?

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Old 14 Jun 2010, 12:06 pm   #1 (permalink)
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I'm thinking about buying a new car and I have a friend who makes biodiesel and I want to know if the Prius will run on it.
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Old 14 Jun 2010, 12:09 pm   #2 (permalink)
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no, it will not.
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Old 14 Jun 2010, 12:12 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Biodiesel will only work in a diesel engine. As far as I know a Prius uses only a gasoline engine. You do not under any circumstances want to put any diesel fuel into a gasoline engine, bio or regular. Diesel fuel isn't as refined as gasoline and is "dirty" compared to gasoline, and a gas engine will not run on diesel.
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Old 14 Jun 2010, 12:15 pm   #4 (permalink)
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gasoline only!
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Old 14 Jun 2010, 12:18 pm   #5 (permalink)
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A North American Toyota Prius is designed to run on regular 87 octane ((R+M)/2 method) gasoline. You can use up to a 10% ethanol (E10) blend.































The Prius is not a flex-fuel car. A flex-fuel car can use E85 (85% ethanol/15% gasoline blend).































There has been a few tests with E85 (intended for flex-fuel vehicles,















which the Prius is not), and although the Prius will run on it (and















give a check engine light, and have lower fuel economy and higher emissions), the long-term effects on the fuel line system hasn't been studied yet. (Ethanol is known to break down some components of the fuel system and engine if a car isn't properly designed to run with high concentrations of E85.)































Biodiesel is not the same thing as a flex-fuel car. Any diesel vehicle can run on biodiesel (which is different than running on waste grease/fry oil, which does require modifications of the diesel vehicle). However, diesel fuel (or biodiesel) should NOT be used in a gasoline vehicle. It can foul/plug up/poison the entire fuel/emissions system of a gasoline vehicle.































A person or two have accidentially fueled up their Prius with diesel fuel by using the wrong pump at a service station, or the service station accidentially mixed up storage tanks... If the person was lucky, the fuel tank just needed a physical drain, but in some cases the entire fuel tank and some of the fuel line and emissions recapture components required replacement to get the car going again. and no, those dealer costs were not covered by warranty or auto insurance (they were out of pocket)... Diesel fuel does not work in any gasoline vehicle.
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Old 14 Jun 2010, 12:22 pm   #6 (permalink)
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No, currently the Toyota Prius is petrol only.
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Old 14 Jun 2010, 12:24 pm   #7 (permalink)
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no, no, no, biodiesel is for just that DIESELS ,
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