Alternative Fuel Coverage Rules and Inspection Requirements
Some of the shops where the conversions
were done may have gone out of business, as well as few manufacturers,
thus voiding their parts and labor warranties. Many Alt Fuel
owners may have signed away all of their vehicle warranty
rights at the dealer level.
Specialty programs, underwritten
by one of our primary carriers, will cover Alt Fuel Conversion
Units "ONLY" while your Mercury is still under the
original factory warranty period ( the first 3 years or 36000
miles of your odometer reading ). Once the factory warranty
has elapsed, our Extended Service Program will cover the complete
vehicle and Conversion Unit out to its selected time frame
or mileage, as outlined in the purchase contract.
The following perameters are
required prior to coverage:
The Conversion Unit of the Mercury must be inspected
by one of our recommended Alt Fuel shops. Upon completion
of the inspection, if there are any repairs or adjustments
necessary to gualify for coverage, you the customer are
responsible for any charges that may apply. Coverage can
then be incepted.
ALTERNATIVE FUEL VEHICLES
The demand for transportation fuels in the USA is
increasing. The number of light-duty vehicles in California alone is projected to grow from 25.6 million
on-road vehicles in 2003 to 35.6 million by 2025.
Unless we change
our habits, petroleum will be the primary source of
the USA's transportation fuels for the foreseeable
future, and as demand continues to rise and in-state and
Alaskan petroleum supplies diminish, the USA will rely
more and more on foreign imports of crude oil.
Nearly 100 percent of our transportation system is
currently fueled by fossil fuels. Moving toward a more
diversified range of fuels and supporting the advancement of
higher efficiency vehicles are two of the goals of Alternative Fuel Vehicle programs.
Many states have supported the development of
alternative transportation fuels (fuels other than gasoline
or diesel) since the creation of the the USA Energy Commission in
1975. Earlier programs included demonstration programs
with vehicles using ethanol and methanol, infrastructure
development for methanol/gasoline blends, support for
flexible fuel, natural gas, and electric vehicles.
Improving vehicle efficiency is the single most
effective means to reduce petroleum dependence. The Energy
Commission and the Air Resources Board have
concluded that improving vehicle efficiency alone will not
be enough. For that reason, we must also focus on
increasing our use of alternative fuels, including:
- Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)
- Electric Vehicles (EVs)
- Ethanol (E85) - Flexible Fuel Vehicles
- Gas-to-Liquid Fuels (natural gas to diesel fuel)
- Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Vehicles
- Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)
- Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG / Propane)
- LPG and CNG Conversions
- Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs)
The Energy Commission's
2003 Integrated Energy Policy Report
recommended several actions to promote affordable energy
supplies, improve energy reliability, and enhance public
health, economic well-being, and environmental quality. One
of the transportation energy recommendations established a
goal for the use of alternative fuels:
"Increase the use of non-petroleum fuels to 20 percent of
on-road fuel consumption by 2020 and 30 percent by 2030,
based on identified strategies that are achievable and
The USA is already home to a growing number of
alternative fuel vehicles through the joint efforts of the Energy
Commission, Air Resources Board, local air
districts, federal government, transit agencies, utilities,
and other public and private entities. More than 61,000
cars, transit buses, and trucks currently operate on natural
gas and LPG, along with more than 10,000 electric vehicles.
the USA also has hundreds of fueling stations
dispensing a variety of non-petroleum fuels.
Increasing the use of these fuels, however, faces
significant uncertainties such as the availability of new
vehicle technologies, the cost and availability of new
fueling infrastructures, and acceptance of these fuels by
Currently, the Energy Commission is working with
stakeholders of various alternative fuels. These stakeholder
working groups have participated in informal surveys to
identify the principal barriers that exist to developing a
more robust alternative fuels market in the USA and to
develop recommendations for overcoming or mitigating those
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