First Customer Demonstration of DME-Powered Mack Truck Begins in New York City

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The New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) this week became the first Mack customer in the world to evaluate DME in its fleet. The demonstration is being done in collaboration with Mack and MI member company Oberon Fuels using a Class 8 Mack Pinnacle axle back model equipped with a 13 liter Mack MP8 engine running on DME.

“We look forward to gathering data with DSNY and Oberon to better determine the performance and drivability of the DME-powered Mack Pinnacle model,” said Mack Trucks President Dennis Slagle. “We believe DME shows great promise, and we are pleased to be working with our longtime customer DSNY to evalute the fuel as a viable alternative to diesel.

The evaluation is taking place at the Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island, New York, with fuel-grade DME produced by Oberon Fuels. “There is no better testing ground than NYC, and we are thrilled to partner with the city,” said Oberon Fuels President Rebecca Boudreaux, Ph.D. The goal of the demonstration is to gather data on the use of both DME fuel and vehicles in urban, heavy-load fleets, and is the first step in the city’s evaluation of DME as a potential long-term strategy to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050 and to achieve the city’s goal of sending zero waste to landfill by 2030. The demonstration is expected to run until the end of the first quarter of 2017, with results and analysis available in mid-2017.

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