MARTIN Transport Inc, Kilgore, Texas, plans to be first customer to buy dimethyl ether (DME)-fueled Mack Pinnacle Axle Back tractors when the production models begin rolling off the line in 2015.
“We plan to be Mack’s first big customer for DME-fueled trucks,” says Ruben Martin III, president and chief executive officer of Martin Resource Management. “Martin Transport has been a Mack fleet for many years.”
The Pinnacle Axle Back model powered by DME will be equipped with a Mack MP8 engine, a 13-liter engine that can easily handle heavy workloads. The Pinnacle Axle Back model is ideal for highway van trailer applications, bulk hauling, flatbed, and dump trailer jobs, according to Kevin Flaherty, president of Mack Trucks North American Sales & Marketing.
“The benefits of DME are numerous,” says Flaherty. “It’s better for the environment because it burns clean, and it can be made from sources that are domestically available. Mack trucks are built in the USA, and with DME, we’ll be powering our vehicles with a fuel made in America as well.
“Mack is a leader in natural gas technology development, and we believe DME has tremendous potential as an effective way to use the country’s abundant natural gas reserves to power heavy-duty trucks. DME is unique in that it is clean, easy to handle, safe to store and will be made domestically, benefitting everyone.”
Mack’s DME-powered Pinnacle model will join a robust alternative fuel lineup that includes the natural gas-powered TerraPro cabover and low entry models and the natural gas-powered Mack Pinnacle, which made its debut during the 2013 Mid-America Trucking Show. Mack also plans to launch a natural gas-powered Granite.