A program to demonstrate the economic viablity of methanol as a replacement for gasoline is described. The research vehicles (Ford vehicles converted to run on methanol) show that with one half the Btu content of gasoline, methanol generates 20% move energy through move efficient burning, and the engine burns cleaner by a factor of five. It is expected that the engine will enjoy longer life. The price of methanol is 88C a gallon delivered in bulk. The lost of converting standard Ford vehicles (between $600 and $800) will be recaptured with a substantially longer engine life. The conversion technology consists in increasing the compression ratio to approxiniately 12 to 1, redesigning the fuel delivery system, changing the timing, installing a new and larger fuel tank which is not treated with turnplate, and dranging the gasketing materials. However, there are several reasons why methanol engines are not more generally used. Alcohol fuels are not legalized in all states, and its distribution is limited.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Department of Energy

    Office of Consumer Affairs
    Washington, DC  United States  20585
  • Authors:
    • Fisher, M
  • Publication Date: 1980-9

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  • Pagination: p. 24
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00322698
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 21 1981 12:00AM