Volvo Trucks will showcase a compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered Volvo VNL daycab and a prototype dimethyl ether (DME)-powered VNL daycab in booth No. 1633 at next week’s Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, North America’s largest alternative fuel and clean vehicle technology conference.
The CNG and DME-powered vehicles are a sampling of Volvo Trucks’ “Blue Power” natural gas strategy for North America.
Volvo currently offers CNG and liquefied natural gas (LNG) -powered versions of its VNM daycab and VNL sleeper and daycab models powered by spark-ignited gas engines. Volvo continues 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 is also 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. We’re also enthused about the potential of DME, which has proven to be an excellent fuel for heavy-duty trucks.”
Bio will take part in a moderated discussion among heavy-duty manufacturers during a May 6 breakout session titled Heavy-Duty Natural Gas Trucks: A Reality Check. He will also participate in the May 6 plenary session titled OEM Strategies for Heavy-Duty and Light-Duty NGVs. Dennis Slagle, head of commercial operations for the Volvo Group’s truck brands in the Americas, will deliver a keynote address May 6.
Customers can order a natural gas-powered version of the Volvo VNL daycab powered by compressed or liquefied natural gas. The VNL daycab is equipped with a 12-liter Cummins Westport ISX12 G engine.
Volvo Trucks continues 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 Trucks North America’s operations and products are guided by the company’s three core values: Quality, Safety and Environmental Care. The Volvo VNM, VNL, VNX, VHD and VAH trucks are assembled in the United States at the New River Valley Plant in Dublin, Virginia, while Volvo engines for North America are assembled in Hagerstown, Maryland. The New River Valley Plant is certified to ISO50001 energy standards. Both plants are certified to ISO14001 environmental and ISO9001 quality standards.
The Volvo Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment and marine and industrial engines. The Group also provides complete solutions for financing and service. The Volvo Group, which employs about 110,000 people, has production facilities in 19 countries and sells its products in more than 190 markets. In 2013, the Volvo Group’s sales amounted to $41.5 billion. The Volvo Group is a publicly-held company headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo shares are listed on OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm and are traded OTC in the U.S. For more information, please visit http://www.volvogroup.com/ or http://www.volvogroup.mobi/ if you are using your mobile phone.