The Impact of MMT Gasoline Additive on Exhaust Emissions and Fuel Economy of Low Emission Vehicles (LEV)
A rigidly controlled vehicle test program was conducted to assess the impact of MMT fuel additive on the operation of Low Emission Vehicles (LEVs). Two pairs of each of five vehicle models were tested over extended mileage (75,000 to 100,000 miles). Vehicles were driven on a test track using a customer-type driving cycle and emission tested at regular intervals throughout the program. One vehicle of each pair used a Clear base fuel and the other used the same base fuel with the addition of MMT at a concentration of 8.3 mg Mn/L (0.031 or 1/32 g Mn/US gal). For the four light-duty vehicle models, seven of the eight MMT-fueled vehicles exceeded the NMOG emission certification standards; one Clear-fueled vehicle of one model exceeded the standards, but all other Clear-fueled vehicles met the standards. All four vehicles of the one medium-duty vehicle model met the certification standards, which are higher than those for light-duty vehicles.