Evaluation of Gasohol in U.S. Army Administrative and Tactical Vehicles.
Final rept. 1 Apr 80-31 Dec 81,
SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INST SAN ANTONIO TX ENERGY SYSTEMS RESEARCH DIV
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Following the passage of the Defense Authorization Act PL96-107 U.S. Army Mobility Equipment Research and Development Command MERADCOM was tasked by Department of Defense to evaluate gasohol in U.S. Army vehicles. A cooperative program between MERADCOM and the Department of Energy resulted in five vehicle fleet tests at four Army installations conducting an evaluation of gasohol in administrative and tactical vehicles. A test group gasohol and control group gasoline was established in each fleet except MERADCOM, which only used a test group. There was a grand total of 104 test vehicles and 69 control vehicles in the evaluation. The test groups accumulated 496,985 miles while the control groups accumulated 378,756 miles. Two of the five installations reported no performance problems for either test or control groups. For the remaining three fleets, 17 18 of 104 of the test vehicles and 9 6 of 69 of the control vehicles experienced one or more performance problems. The 18 test vehicles reported 30 more problems than did the 6 control vehicles. This agrees with trends observed in the DOE Reliability Fleet Test in which gasohol-powered vehicles have a higher frequency of incidents in traffic.
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