Automobile fueled by methanol was the Chevrolet Lumina

Chevrolet Lumina Variable Fuel Vehicle, manufactured by General Motors of Detroit, MI, USA was the first production automobile fueled by methanol, the first ones being delivered in June 1992

      June, 1992
      General Motors of Detroit
      Chevrolet Lumina Variable Fuel Vehicle
      Detroit, MI, USA

Additional Information:

  • Methanol fuel – Wikipedia
    Methanol is an alternative fuel for internal combustion and other engines, either in combination with gasoline or directly (“neat”). It is used in racing cars in many countries. In the U.S., methanol fuel has received less attention than ethanol fuel as an alternative to petroleum-based fuels.
  • Methanol – the fuel in waiting – Fuel Freedom Foundation
    Methanol is a bit of a mystery. It is the simplest form of a hydrocarbon, one oxygen atom attached to simple methane molecule. Therefore, it burns.
  • Alternative Fuels Data Center: Methanol
    Methanol (CH3OH), also known as wood alcohol, is considered an alternative fuel under the Energy Policy Act of 1992.
  • Use of Methanol as a Transportation Fuel – Methanol Institute – PDF 45 pages
    The capability of methanol to replace petroleum fuels has been known for a long time. Now as
    the future availability of crude oil is increasingly called into question, methanol is receiving renewed
    interest since it can be readily made from remote natural gas and from the world’s extensive coal
    and biomass resources.

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