Vehicle Operating Experience with Methanol as a Substitute for Petrol and Diesel 830899
Blends of 15% methanol with petrol containing 1% isobutanol have been utilised by 45 vehicles operated for a period of two years. An additional 907 vehicles have been operated for approximately one year to obtain information about the distribution of M15 blends, about necessary co-solvent concentrations, and about general vehicle driveability. Initial studies have also been conducted using 15-20% emulsions of methanol with diesel in diesel-cycle engines. High methanol fuels ranging from M85 to M100 have been tested in six purpose-built vehicles and 45 retrofitted vehicles involving four different types of retrofit systems. In addition, high methanol fuels have also been tested in diesel-cycle engines involving two different types of purpose-built engines, together with unmodified engines.
Richard J. Joyce, David F.S. Natusch, David W. Richardson
Liquid Fuels Trust Board Wellington, New Zealand
2nd International Pacific Conference on Automotive Engineering
Motor Vehicle Technology--Progress and Harmony-P-139