The State of California has taken an important first step in testing a methanol-gasoline mixture to achieve better mileage with less air pollution. Methanol as a gasoline substitute or additive appears promising for many reasons. Two of these reasons are: it can be made from a number of things, including coal, natural wood, and farm and municipal wastes; and today's automobiles can use it without being modified. Also, methanol burns cleaner than gasoline. At the present time methanol's cost makes it prohibitive as a fuel. California is hoping to change that situation by its plans to construct a methanol manufacturing plant utilizing garbage. One large plant, located in the desert near Rosamond, is already manufacturing methanol and other energy products utilizing Los Angeles wast products. Tests conducted on methanol-gasoline mixtures at the Massachusetts Insitute of Technology and Texas A&M University have already demonstrated its performance and effeciency in the automobile engine. However, research remains to be carried out to determine just the right mixtures of methanol and gasoline, or of either fuel with water, to obtain maximum efficiency.

  • Corporate Authors:

    California Association of Highway Patrolmen

    1225 8th Street
    Sacramento, CA  United States  95814
  • Authors:
    • Roper, W L
  • Publication Date: 1975-9

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  • Accession Number: 00126466
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 18 1975 12:00AM