THE ECONOMICS OF METHANOL. AUTO/OIL AIR QUALITY IMPROVEMENT RESEARCH PROGRAM: ECONOMICS BULLETIN NO. 1

The Auto/Oil Air Quality Improvement Research Program (AQIRP) is a cooperative research program initiated by three domestic auto companies and fourteen petroleum companies. AQIRP's Economics Committee commissioned this study of the costs of using the methanol-based fuel known as M85 (85% methanol and 15% gasoline) in flexible/variable fueled vehicles, in comparison with the costs of conventional gasoline used in conventional vehicles. The principal conclusions of this study are as follows: M85 is likely to be more costly relative to conventional gasoline, particularly in the short term and medium term. Transition cost for methanol in attaining a significant market penetration will be high. Transition issues are critical in evaluating the costs and cost-effectiveness of methanol-based fuels. Flexible/variable fueled vehicles are likely to cost more than gasoline vehicles.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Chevron U.S.A. Products Company

    575 Market Street
    San Francisco, CA  United States  94105-2856
  • Authors:
    • Hahn, R W
  • Publication Date: 1992-1

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 66 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00622414
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 1992 12:00AM