Methanol as a motor vehicle fuel offers the potential to achieve significant reductions in emissions. However, performance, safety and toxicity concerns have limited methanol's widespread acceptance as a motor vehicle fuel. Specifically, there are concerns regarding methanol's poor cold start capabilities, low fuel lubricity, flammability of saturated vapors in storage and fuel tanks, low flame luminosity and human toxicity by inhalation, absorption through the skin, or ingestion. The contractor investigated the use of various additive packages by means of literature search, a laboratory test program to focusing on flame luminosity, fuel lubricity and flammability, and vehicle emissions testing. The contractor identified potential additive packages for individual methanol problems, and determined that a single package addressing all methanol problems produces air quality impacts similar to M85 (85% methanol/15% unleaded gasoline)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored by California State Air Resources Board, Sacramento, Research Div., South Coast Air Quality Management District, Diamond Bar, CA, and California Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, Sacramento.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Southwest Research Institute

    6220 Culebra Road, P.O. Drawer 28510
    San Antonio, TX  United States  78228-0510
  • Authors:
    • Fanick, E R
    • Sefer, N R
    • Smith, R
  • Publication Date: 1993-8


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 290 p.

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00669172
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ARB-R-94-512
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 22 1994 12:00AM