PERFORMANCE OF VEHICLES AND EQUIPMENT INVOLVED IN THE USE OF GASOHOL
A 1-year fleet test in which 130,000 gal. of gasohol were prepared and used was conducted in the Charlottesville-Culpeper area. The handling and storage of the fuel was monitored, and fuel consumption and maintenance records were maintained on 95 Department vehicles (primarily 1/2-ton pickup trucks and 3-ton dump trucks) that operated a total of 1.5 million miles on gasoline and gasohol. The study determined that gasolhol can be satisfactorily used to reduce gasoline consumption by from 7% to 8%. Special attention must be directed, however, to filter plugging, water contamination, evaporative emissions, and equipment that may deteriorate prematurely due to the presence of alcohol in the fuel. In general, the drivers of the vehicles monitored in the study perceived gasohol to be comparable to gasoline, with the exception that gasohol reduced the engine ping often noted from engines operating on low octane, no-lead gasoline.
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Virginia Highway and Transportation Research CouncilCharlottesville, VA United States
Virginia Department of HighwaysTraffic and Planning Division, 1221 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA United States 23219
- Sprinkel, M M
- Publication Date: 1980-10
- Pagination: 61 p.
- TRT Terms: Bridge bearings; Dump trucks; Fleet management; Fuel consumption; Gasoline; Vehicle performance
- Uncontrolled Terms: Fleets
- Old TRIS Terms: Bearing details /bridges/
- Subject Areas: Energy; Highways; Vehicles and Equipment; I96: Vehicle Operating Costs;
- Accession Number: 00392164
- Record Type: Publication
- Report/Paper Numbers: VHTRC 81-R22 Final Rpt.
- Files: NTL, TRIS, STATEDOT
- Created Date: Mar 29 1985 12:00AM