Efforts Are ‘Adapting to the Pace’ of the Market’
As Infrastructure Development ‘Has Been Modest’
Volvo Trucks is cutting back on its alterative fuel development efforts, putting plans for a 13-liter compression-ignition natural gas engine on hold and giving notice that its work with dimethyl ether will depend on “market and stakeholder interest in the fuel.”
The company says it is “adapting to the pace of the North American alternative fuel market.”
Volvo said as recently as ACT Expo 2014 this past spring that it would begin taking orders for its D13-LNG compression ignition natural gas engine later this year, with initial availability in 2015 (F&F, June 3).
Volvo said Wednesday that “Development of the natural gas infrastructure to support long-haul trucking has been modest over the last year, and the needs of customers in the primary markets for natural gas vehicles – regional haul and dedicated routes – are being met with the company’s current natural gas line-up.”
Meanwhile, Big Diesel Order, Milestone
The Volvo Trucks line-up includes the VNM 200 with 8.9-liter Cummins Westport ISL G engine, and the VNL 300, with 11.9-liter Cummins Westport ISX12 G.
Volvo said too that it “continues to believe that DME – which can be produced from natural gas – holds promise as a heavy-truck fuel.
“Customer field tests of DME-powered vehicles will continue, but the company has decided not to establish a commercialization date as it continues monitoring market and stakeholder interest in the fuel.”
Volvo announced the recent delivery of its 1,000th Volvo Autohauler (VAH) model to Hansen & Adkins Auto Transport this week, and Multi Group Logistics said it has placed an order for 600 Volvo VNL 670 trucks. All of those vehicles are diesel-fueled.
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