Volvo Trucks Spotlights DME Alternative Power at ACT Expo

Volvo DMEThis week, Volvo Trucks showcased a compressed natural gas (CNG) powered Volvo VNL daycab and a prototype dimethyl ether (DME) powered VNL daycab at the Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Long Beach, CA. Volvo currently offers CNG and liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered versions of its VNM daycab and VNL sleeper as well as daycab models powered by spark-ignited gas engines. The OEM said it is “continuing to work toward commercialization of DME-powered trucks for the North American market. The fuel mirrors the exceptional performance qualities and energy efficiency of diesel and burns clean without producing any soot.”

Volvo also stated that, “it is developing North America’s first fully integrated natural gas solution, a compression ignition engine that utilizes LNG.” “The trucks we’re showcasing highlight our comprehensive alternative fuels strategy for North America,” said Frank Bio, Volvo Trucks’ director of sales development, specialty vehicles & alternative fuels. “Interest in natural gas-powered trucks continues to grow and we’re working to address demand from all segments of the market,” he added. “We’re also enthused about the potential of DME, which has proven to be an excellent fuel for heavy-duty trucks.”  More information can be found here.


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