Volvo Trucks is developing heavy-duty engines that use fuels other than diesel in an effort to improve fuel efficiency, lower greenhouse gas emissions and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.
In June 2013, we announced plans to design and build heavy-duty trucks powered by dimethyl ether (DME), which mirrors the exceptional performance of diesel without producing any soot. DME can be made from a variety of sustainable domestic sources as well as from North America’s abundant supply of natural gas.
Volvo Trucks also has several options for natural gas-powered trucks. Two of our day cab models have Cummins-Westport natural gas engines, and beginning in 2015, customers can order trucks with our own proprietary natural gas engine, the Volvo D13-LNG (liquid natural gas).
We also stand behind our trucks and engines that use alternative fuels. Volvo was among the first heavy-truck manufacturers in the U.S. to extend warranty coverage for use of the biodiesel fuel blend B20 (20 percent biodiesel, 80 percent petro diesel).