TECHNICAL AND ECONOMICAL ASPECTS OF METHANOL AS AN AUTOMOTIVE FUEL

The results of basic test series conducted on a single- cylinder engine are used to establish the reasons that advocate the introduction of methanol or methanol-gasoline blends as alternative fuel for motor-vehilce operation: lower exhaust emission concentrations, improved energy utilization, higher engine output, and improved knock- resistance. Fuel and energy consumption data are submitted for four vehicle concepts operated on methanol fuels, to establish data on the economic aspects of methanol-operated vehicles. It is apparent that the utilization of the anti-knock effects of methanol can lead to competitive gasoline-methanol blend vehicle operation at the present coast of gasoline and methanol. Vehicle operation of pure methanol would offer economic advantages over gasoline operation if gasoline is derived from coal.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Proceedings of the Society of Automotive Engineers, Fuels and Lubricants Meeting, June 7-10, 1976, St Louis, Missouri.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)

    Wokingham, Berkshire  United Kingdom 
  • Authors:
    • Koening, A
    • Lee, W
    • BERNHARDT, W
  • Publication Date: 1976

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 12 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00141013
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Highway Safety Research Institute
  • Report/Paper Numbers: SAE #760545
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 6 1976 12:00AM