Alternative Fuel Vehicles: How Do They Really Measure Up?

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Golden, Colo., Sept. 8, 1997 -- What do the people who actually use alternative fuel vehicles really think about their performance?

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) asked that question in a 1996 nationwide survey of federal fleet managers and alternative fuel vehicle drivers. Perspectives on AFVs: 1996 Federal Fleet Managers Survey presents the results of the survey, conducted by Dwights Energydata for NREL with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The survey was sent to 273 fleet managers with a total of 3,956 alternative fuel vehicles under their supervision. The vehicles ranged from original equipment manufacturer models running on methanol, ethanol and compressed natural gas (CNG) to aftermarket conversions running on CNG.

Overall, fleet managers reported positive experiences, with primary concerns being lack of range and lack of convenient fueling stations. Performance and reliability of the AFVs are similar to that of comparable gasoline vehicles.

The publication is available in .pdf format through DOE's Alternative Fuels Data Center home page on the World Wide Web. For a hard copy, call the National Alternative Fuels Hotline at 1-800-423-1DOE.

NREL is currently producing a companion document, Perspectives on AFVs: 1996 Federal Fleet Drivers Survey, which will be available this fall.


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