ARE ALTERNATE FUELS IN YOUR FLEET'S FUTURE?

To be acceptable in a fleet environment, six criteria are listed for an alternative fuel: ready availability, power output and pump price close to those of gasoline, strategic certainty of availability, ability to burn in current engines without costly modifications, and compatibility with the existing fuel distribution chain. Various alternative fuels/power sources are individually examined to assess their viability for fleet operations: alcohol, gasohol, electricity, natural gas, propane, diesel fuel, and esoteric fuels (e.g. sunflower oil, wood gas, methane gas derived from garbage, hydrogen-based liquid fuel). It is concluded that none of the alternatives meets all six criteria. Increasing gasoline supply is suggested as a practical, short-term solution to the energy problem. Conservation measures in this context are outlined: use of gasoline extenders (ethanol or methanol), conversion of non-vehicle users (e.g. utilities) from petroleum to some other fuel, adoption of more fuel-efficient cars, and less driving. Efforts to utilize domestic oil shale and coal reserves for production of synfuels are strongly advocated.

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    • Presented to Johnson and Johnson companies' fleet administrators.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Bobit Publishing Company

    2500 Artesia Boulevard
    Redondo Beach, CA  United States  90278
  • Authors:
    • Innes, J B
  • Publication Date: 1980-5

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  • Accession Number: 00393057
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-028 947
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 28 1985 12:00AM