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Coors will test ethanol-powered truck

In an effort to address pressing environmental concerns, Coors Brewing Co. has joined forces with a Detroit firm in a precedent-setting program that could eventually help reduce Denver's "Brown Cloud," the brewer said.

Through a joint venture, Coors and Detroit Diesel Corp. (DDC) will test the nation's first diesel-configured, ethanol-powered truck, using a 1990 White-GMC Xpeditor tractor specially equipped with a DDC 6V-92TA engine and Detroit Diesel Electronic Control system.

Formerly diesel-powered, the tractor is used to move trailers, with loads of 80,000 lbs., to points throughout Coors' property. Operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, each tractor in the Coors fleet shuttles up to 50 trailers a day and logs about 72,000 miles per year.

The one-year test program will provide research on heavy-duty ethanol engine technology and help Coors determine the feasibility of replacing diesel fuel with ethanol.

If the test proves successful, Coors could convert its fleet to of diesel-powered tractors to ethanol, using the DDC compression ignition engines. By 1995, the company plans to convert up to 30 percent of its 450 vehicles to an alternative fuel, and by 2000, up to 50 percent will be powered with an alternative fuel.

"Coors is aggressively exploring alternative fuels as a replacement for diesel fuel and gasoline," said Barry Karol-Chik, garage/mobile equipment superintendent at Coors. "Ethanol, which burns with fewer emissions, is a promising alternative. Although the cost of ethanol is almost two times greater than diesel, the company will continue to explore the possibility of using it as a primary fuel."
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Title Annotation:joint venture between Coors Brewing Co. and Detroit Diesel Corp. to test diesel-configured, ethanol-powered truck
Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Date:Jan 28, 1991
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