Forget the pump. Brew your own fuel.

While researching the greening of transportation that I reported on earlier this week, I came across an incredible new product, the EFuel100 MicroFuelerTM. This incredibly beautiful “appliance” lets you make your own fuel.


A self-contained micro-refinery, the EFuel100 makes environmentally friendly ethanol at about $1 a gallon. Both a pump station and an ethanol distiller, it uses sugar to produce up to 35 gallons of ethanol per week. At a cost of $9,995 not including a 30% federal tax rebate for business owners or a $1,000 rebate for individual non-business owners, at current gas prices it could pay for itself in just a couple years. There also may be other credits, which vary by state. The U.S. Dept. of Energy lists state-by-state rules for ethanol-related incentives and laws. Its no surprise that ID Magazine, which just named the EFuel100 as the best green product in New + Notable 2008: The Year’s Smartest Products, reports that commercial customers with delivery-truck fleets account for 65% of sales.

The MicroFueler starts shipping in the fourth quarter of 2008.

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Jennifer Kaplan writes regularly about sustainable food and wine, the intersection of food and marketing and food politics for and is the author of Greening Your Small Business (November 2009, Penguin Group (USA)). She was been named one of The 16 Women You Must Follow on Twitter for Green Business. She has four kids, a dog, a hamster and an MBA - find her on .
  • While I think its a great idea, I think we need to look at other sources of energy for our vehicles. Considering the rising prices of sugar, wheat, corn etc. I think the carbon footprint for dumping tons of sugar into fuel for your car is not the right answer for our troubled economy as well as our independence to foreign oil. Thanks for the read!

  • Good point, greengur4u! However, anything we can do to reduce our dependence on expensive, dirty corporate oil needs to be looked at carefully. But, no doubt, everything comes with trade offs.

  • This is an amazing concept. I can envision a number of families buying one for the neighborhood to keep the cost per person reasonable and to maximize the unit’s productivity.

  • I agree, Global Patriot. Sharing a MicroFueler could be a great way to pool resources for businesses as well as groups of consumers. Pooling in a business environment enables companies to maximize the use of resources, increase efficiency and save money, a practice from which many businesses could benefit.

  • sam

    I was thinking of buying a diesel car and running it from the used oil from my local chip shop