Road transport is almost totally dependent on petroleum. But with increasing prices, the existence of?
Road transport is almost totally dependent on petroleum. But with increasing prices, the existence of threats to oil supply routes and the threat of production cut-backs by some producers, there is increasing interest in petroleum substitutes. West Germany is experimenting with methyl alcohol.
SYNOPSIS: Methyl alcohol, or methanol, is added to ordinary petrol and several West German manufacturers are to produce a fleet of about 870 cars that are capable of using the new fuel. Few modifications are needed to adapt the fuel systems of the vehicles to take the 15 percent methanol-85 percent petrol mixture.
Fuel pumps also conform to the normal pattern. West Germany's Ministry of Research and Technology is sponsoring the project as part of the efforts to reduce dependence on imported fuels. Altogether 30 petrol stations will sell the new fuel during the 3-year test. Methanol can be manufactured from coal, natural gas, wood and a variety of minerals.