MODELING THE ECONOMIC EFFECTS OF USING ALTERNATE FUELS IN LIGHT TRUCKS FOR U.S. ARMY INSTALLATION DIRECTORATES OF ENGINEERING AND HOUSING

This research models the economic effects of using alternate fuels in the Army Directorate of Engineering and Housing (DEH) fleet of light trucks. A background investigation identified current government and private industry use of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG, or propane). After a background investigation, an economic model was proposed, which included: refueling station costs; vehicle conversion costs; fuel costs; and changes in operation and maintenance costs. Safety and environmental effects are discussed, but not quantified. The model includes vehicle data collected from three army installations. Economic payback analyses were performed for various fleet scenarios. Sensitivity analyses were performed by varying costs associated with certainn parameters of the model. Results indicate that within the 20-year period of analysis, the price difference between neither CNG nor LPG and gasoline would realize a sufficient economic payback to justify conversion.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory

    P.O. Box 4005
    Champaign, IL  United States  61820
  • Authors:
    • Hicks, D K
    • Tanner, P J
    • Fuerst, M J
  • Publication Date: 1990-6

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  • Pagination: 38 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00610669
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CERL-TR-P-90/15
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 30 1991 12:00AM