Heavy Duty Trucking

SEP 2014

The Fleet Business Authority

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74 HDT • SEPTEMBER 2014 www.truckinginfo.com ALTERNATIVE FUEL DME Volvo Trucks and Oberon Fuels are testing the validity of dimethyl ether as an 'alternate' alternative fuel. Stephane Babcock • Senior Editor W ith the number of alterna- tive fuel options available to fleets now and in the future, there are many different ave- nues that need to be researched before a decision can be made. For engineers at Volvo Trucks, the road chosen was one less traveled — dimethyl ether, or DME. For more than a year, Volvo has piloting a pair of Volvo VNL 300 trucks with D13 DME engines with a pair of partners, Oberon Fuels and Martin Energy Services. Each stakeholder brings a unique piece of the DME puzzle to the table. While Volvo has developed an engine and fuel delivery system that maximizes the benefits of DME so that it runs like diesel, Oberon has produced and provided the fuel that runs the heavy-

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