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Title: Results from the first year of operation of the Federal Methanol Fleet at Argonne National Laboratory

Abstract

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory, under the auspices of the Department of Energy's Alternative Fuels Utilization Program, has managed the Federal Methanol Fleet Project since its inception in fiscal year 1985. This congressionally-mandated project directed the Department of Energy to introduce methanol-fueled vehicles into civilian government fleet operations. This interim report describes the first year of operation of a methanol fleet at Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, Illinois. The fleet consists of five methanol-fueled 1986 Chevrolet S-10 pickup trucks along with five Chevrolet S-10s for comparison, as well as five methanol-fueled 1986 Ford Crown Victorias paired with four gasoline Fords. Data have been collected and tabulated on fuel consumption, maintenance records, oil sample analyses, and driver perceptions of vehicle operability. Energy efficiency for the methanol vehicles was slightly greater than that for the counterpart gasoline vehicles. Maintenance records reveal that the methanol vehicles required substantially more service than the gasoline vehicles, but a large proportion of the difference was due to methanol component replacements where improvements or upgrades were scheduled to be implemented after the vehicles were in service. Oil sample analyses revealed that engine wear rates were higher in the methanol vehicles. Drivers indicated that the methanol vehicles aremore » quite acceptable, but they rated the gasoline vehicles higher. The Argonne fleet serves as the cold-weather site of the Federal Methanol Fleet and, as such, the methanol vehicles have been outfitted with special systems to aid in cold-starting and driveability.« less

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (USA)
OSTI Identifier:
6629130
Report Number(s):
ORNL/TM-10816
ON: DE89004307
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-84OR21400
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: Portions of this document are illegible in microfiche products
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
33 ADVANCED PROPULSION SYSTEMS; 10 SYNTHETIC FUELS; AUTOMOBILES; PERFORMANCE; METHANOL FUELS; ANL; AUTOMOTIVE FUELS; ENERGY EFFICIENCY; FUEL CONSUMPTION; FUEL SUBSTITUTION; MAINTENANCE; OPERATION; ORNL; TRUCKS; US DOE; ALCOHOL FUELS; EFFICIENCY; ENERGY CONSUMPTION; FUELS; NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS; SYNTHETIC FUELS; US AEC; US ERDA; US ORGANIZATIONS; VEHICLES; 330800* - Emission Control- Alternative Fuels; 330100 - Internal Combustion Engines; 090200 - Alcohol Fuels- (-1989)

Citation Formats

McGill, R. N., Hillis, S. L., and Larsen, R. P. Results from the first year of operation of the Federal Methanol Fleet at Argonne National Laboratory. United States: N. p., 1988. Web. doi:10.2172/6629130.
McGill, R. N., Hillis, S. L., & Larsen, R. P. Results from the first year of operation of the Federal Methanol Fleet at Argonne National Laboratory. United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/6629130
McGill, R. N., Hillis, S. L., and Larsen, R. P. Sat . "Results from the first year of operation of the Federal Methanol Fleet at Argonne National Laboratory". United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/6629130. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/6629130.
@article{osti_6629130,
title = {Results from the first year of operation of the Federal Methanol Fleet at Argonne National Laboratory},
author = {McGill, R. N. and Hillis, S. L. and Larsen, R. P.},
abstractNote = {The Oak Ridge National Laboratory, under the auspices of the Department of Energy's Alternative Fuels Utilization Program, has managed the Federal Methanol Fleet Project since its inception in fiscal year 1985. This congressionally-mandated project directed the Department of Energy to introduce methanol-fueled vehicles into civilian government fleet operations. This interim report describes the first year of operation of a methanol fleet at Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, Illinois. The fleet consists of five methanol-fueled 1986 Chevrolet S-10 pickup trucks along with five Chevrolet S-10s for comparison, as well as five methanol-fueled 1986 Ford Crown Victorias paired with four gasoline Fords. Data have been collected and tabulated on fuel consumption, maintenance records, oil sample analyses, and driver perceptions of vehicle operability. Energy efficiency for the methanol vehicles was slightly greater than that for the counterpart gasoline vehicles. Maintenance records reveal that the methanol vehicles required substantially more service than the gasoline vehicles, but a large proportion of the difference was due to methanol component replacements where improvements or upgrades were scheduled to be implemented after the vehicles were in service. Oil sample analyses revealed that engine wear rates were higher in the methanol vehicles. Drivers indicated that the methanol vehicles are quite acceptable, but they rated the gasoline vehicles higher. The Argonne fleet serves as the cold-weather site of the Federal Methanol Fleet and, as such, the methanol vehicles have been outfitted with special systems to aid in cold-starting and driveability.},
doi = {10.2172/6629130},
url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/6629130}, journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1988},
month = {10}
}