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What is methanol fuel?

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Methanol, also known as hydroxymethane, is an organic compound. It is a saturated monohydric alcohol with a simple structure. Its chemical formula is CH3OH. Its oxygen content is higher than that of gasoline and other traditional fuels. It will burn more fully.

The chemical equation of methanol combustion is 2CH₃OH+3O₂=2CO₂+4H₂O. After full combustion, there is no pollution gas, so it is recognized as clean energy. The composition of gasoline is complex, and it will produce carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides, lead and sulfur oxides and other polluting gases after combustion.

At present, China has excess methanol capacity, so the price of methanol fuel is not high. Generally, the cost is 1500-2000 yuan per ton, which is much cheaper than gasoline.

It is worth mentioning that the cost per kilometer of methanol vehicles is cheaper than that of fuel vehicles. According to the technical test results released by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the fuel cost per unit mileage of methanol vehicles can be reduced by 48% compared with gasoline vehicles with the same displacement.

Therefore, the fuel cost and vehicle cost of methanol vehicles are far lower than that of fuel vehicles.