Official news from Mack today (and for that matter Volvo) that starting in 2015 the production of dimethyl ether (DME) powered Pinnacle Axle Back models will begin. If you’ve never heard of DME don’t worry, you’re in good company. According to the news release dimethyl ether is a fuel that can be produced from a variety of natural food stocks including animal waste, food waste, grass clippings and even natural gas which happens to be a very plentiful resource in North America. But wait, there’s more! DME burns so clean there is no soot which means there is no need for any filters or fluids to meet emission standards. This sounds like quite the technological breakthrough! In my eyes the most interesting part of the news release revolved around the ability to produce DME in small regional batches. From what I understand a DME producing facility can exist in the back lot of your local trucking company. In theory this would eliminate the need for the extensive and expensive fuel distribution system of modern times that is so often affected by external events that in turn increase price.
Will DME work as promised? Only time will tell but one thing is for sure. The reduction of America’s dependence on foreign oil is worth the work.
You can read the full press release by clicking here.