The study was initiated to gather information on the safety performance of alternative fueled vehicles from fleet operators experienced in the day to day operation of these vehicles. Eight fleets and one compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle converter were visited during the course of the study. The types of fleets visited consisted of those with vehicles fueled with CNG, liquefied natural gas (LNG), liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), and electric vehicles (EVs). Three CNG fleets, two LNG fleets, one EV fleet, and two LPG fleets were visited in addition to one CNG converter. Items discussed with the fleet operators included fuel system performance in the crash environment as well as safety related problems encountered during the refueling operation and when maintaining the vehicles. The fleets visited have experienced no accidents where the fuel system has been jeopardized and no injury to personnel that can be attributed to the alternative fuel system. However, the accident experience of the fleets visited is very limited. Many of the problems with alternative fueled vehicles experienced in the past have been corrected by advances in the state of the art and improvements in system components. Improvements continue to be made.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also PB95-227948, Summary Report. Sponsored by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Washington, DC.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Rainbow Technology Incorporated

    17106 Thatcher Court
    Olney, MD  United States  20832
  • Authors:
    • Morris, J B
  • Publication Date: 1995-3


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 40 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00716310
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-808 265
  • Files: HSL, TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 1 1996 12:00AM