Fleet Vehicle Demonstrations of Alcohol-Water Fuel and Catalytic Ignition Systems Grant uri icon



  • The goal of this project was to investigate the performance, durability and emissions of an alternative alcohol-water fuel and catalytic ignition system on fleet vehicles operating under road condition using as test vehicles a public transit van provided by Valley Transit of Lewiston, ID and a pickup truck used by the Energy Division of the Idaho Department of Water Resources.

    The following were products of the research:

    • Gasoline transit van was converted to operate on both gasoline with spark plugs, and ethanol/water mixture with catalytic ignition. Fuel and ignition changeover takes about three hours.
    • Fuel system was monitored for corrosion and incompatible components were changed.
    • A process to prolong injector life and reduce corrosion and improve cold start was implemented.
    • Major gains were seen in the established procedures for dynamometer operations that will support consistency of future work using such equipment. Proper operating procedures were outlined in a Master’s thesis delivered to ITD.

date/time interval

  • January 1, 1999 - January 1, 2004

local award ID

  • KLK351