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Information on DOD's Methanol Vehicle Program

RCED-87-91: Published: May 22, 1987. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 1987.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Army's efforts to: (1) procure new methanol vehicles; (2) establish the reliability and durability of methanol vehicles in laboratory and fleet tests; and (3) resolve related support functions for the safe and efficient storage, distribution, and use of methanol fuel.

GAO found that the Army: (1) purchased 27 new vehicles which it modified to operate on methanol fuel; (2) examined methanol vehicle operation under cold, moderate, and hot climate conditions; (3) developed methanol fuel and lubricant specifications, methods for transporting, storing, and dispensing the fuel, and technical specifications for vehicle conversion; and (4) provided some data on the technical and environmental aspects of methanol vehicle operation, but budget limitations precluded it from testing enough vehicles to establish reliability and durability.

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