On balance, methane driven automobiles may offer a viable alternative to gasoline, particularly if the present stress on the development of economically produced synthetic fuel receives the correct attention and backing it needs for fast development. The potential of hydrogen is not to be forgotten. A hydrogen gas-metal hydride system can be fairly competitive with the economics of a gasoline fueled automobile. One advantage of a hydrogen-run automobile is that the problem of emissions which plagues the hydrocarbon-derived fuel does not exist for hydrogen. Electric vehicles, with their limited range, also do not emit pollutants when used. The tradeoffs for each type of alternative fuel are sufficient to provide advantages for alternative fuel use in specific situations. We are not necessarily wedded to petroleum-based gasoline to operate our automobiles in the future. (Author)

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    Business Communications Company Incorporated

    471 Glenbrook Road
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  • Authors:
    • Miskell, J T
  • Publication Date: 1979

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  • Accession Number: 00319319
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 30 1980 12:00AM