An Approach to Assessing the Technical Feasibility and Market Potential of a New Automotive Device

An Approach to Assessing the Technical Feasibility and Market Potential of a New Automotive Device

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Save the World Air (STWA) has developed magnet-based devices, including its Zero Emission Fuel Saver (ZEFS), that it claims can improve vehicle fuel economy and reduce emissions. These devices are designed to be fitted as original equipment onto internal combustion engines or to be retrofitted onto existing engines. STWA asked the RAND Corporation to help develop a plan for assessing the technical basis required for successful commercialization of ZEFS. STWA also sought RAND's advice in examining potential market opportunities for ZEFS. This report summarizes RAND's analysis of these two issues, concluding the following. Application of magnetic fields has not been shown in the literature to lower the viscosity of automotive fuels. Along with empirical testing, establishing a theoretical basis underlying the effect of magnetic fields on fuel viscosity, surface tension, and atomization might provide useful information for developing and evaluating magnetic field-based fuel treatment devices. So far, the test results for use of the device are, at best, mixed. Should further laboratory analysis and in-use testing provide clearer and more positive outcomes, the market potential for the device will depend significantly on the advances realized from other technologies and regulatory policies and on its cost-effectiveness relative to other outcomes.Although the protocol follows some key specifications of EPAa#39;s Motor Vehicle Aftermarket Retrofit Device Evaluation Program, ... In general, testing involves triplicate runs in baseline, device-installed, and repeat baseline configurations ( U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, 40 CFR610). ... Table 3.5 Results of Suzuki Motorcycle Tests Conducted in Thailand 10 An Approach to Assessing the Technicalanbsp;...


Title:An Approach to Assessing the Technical Feasibility and Market Potential of a New Automotive Device
Author: Rand Zero Emission Fuel Saver Study Team
Publisher:Rand Corporation - 2007
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