Volvo Trucks to Run on DME in North America by 2015

Volvo VNL 1 photo
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DME is short for Di-Methyl-Ether and can be produced as a biofuel through distillation. Compared with diesel fuel, Bio-DME produces no less than 95 percent less carbon dioxide emissions, while delivering a lower noise level as well.

It can also be made from coal and natural gas and is used industrially. The biggest advantage gained by using it in trucks is that its short carbon chain results in very low emissions of CO and NOX.

The first US market truck to use DME will be the tried and tested Volvo VNL (pictured above), which will use a modified D13 engine.

“It’s clear that DME technology shows great potential for North America and allows Volvo to further its commitment to both our customers and the environment,” says Göran Nyberg, president of Volvo Trucks North American Sales and Marketing.
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