Volvo Trucks has expanded its commitment to environmental care and energy security through the implementation of our Blue Power Strategy. Natural gas options are viable for local and regional haul fleets concerned about CO2 emissions and wanting to utilize our nation’s abundant supply of natural gas to reduce dependence on foreign oil. Despite short-term infrastructure questions regarding widespread adoption of natural gas as a heavy-duty truck fuel, it’s clear this segment will will grow over the next several years.
Today Volvo is delivering factory-built VNM 200 & VNL 300 natural gas spark ignition powered trucks for local and regional haul applications, featuring Cummins ISL G and ISX12 G compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered engines.
As the fueling infrastructure develops, our Volvo D13-LNG compression ignition engine provides another natural gas alternative for customers wanting increased range and improved fuel efficiency in a seamlessly integrated Volvo powertrain.
For customers wanting greater fuel efficiency and range with the potential for affordable “behind the fence” fueling, the advanced technology of our Volvo D13-DME engine offers diesel-like performance, reliability, and durability, and is equipped with a seamlessly integrated Volvo I-Shift transmission.
Dimethyl ether is a manufactured, rather than naturally occurring alternative fuel. It is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless compound that can be produced from natural gas, or from CO2-neutral biomass. It is non-toxic and non-carcinogenic. Its molecular formula is C2OH6 and it behaves similar to propane. It is stored at ambient temperatures and can be stored and transported in tanks similar to those used in the propane industry.
DME produces no soot when burned and will not require a diesel particulate filter. It degrades rapidly in the atmosphere and is not a global warming agent.
| Lower Emissions
|| Up to 20% lower greenhouse gas
emissions than diesel
|| Improved reliability and efficiency over
previous gas engines; lower total fuel costs
| Energy Security
|| Uses domestic fuel sources and
reduces reliance on oil
| Maintenance-Free Aftertreatment
|| Does not require Diesel Particulate Filter or
Selective Catalytic Reduction to meet
EPA ’10 emissions
|| Spark ignition is simpler overall than
| Lower Weight
|| Elimination of aftertreatment saves weight