AB Volvo to develop third-generation DME engines for heavy vehicles

AB Volvo to develop third-generation DME engines for heavy vehicles  
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Technology, Trucks/Pickups, Volvo
on 06/20/2006

Source: Volvo

The energy authorities in Sweden have now granted AB Volvo SEK 62 M (£ 4.5m) in support for technical development of the third-generation DME engine for heavy vehicles during the period 2006-2010. The project will deliver automotive technology for a major field test with DME-powered trucks planned for the years 2009 and 2010. AB Volvo is also investing a large amount in the project. A small field test will be initiated already in slightly less than a year with trucks based on the second-generation DME technology, which was presented in 2005.

Volvo’s own studies have shown that DME has potential to become a competitive alternative to today’s fossil fuels. One of the most significant arguments for DME is that it is the alternative fuel with the highest energy efficiency and among the lowest in emissions of carbon dioxide and particles.

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