Courtesy Mack Trucks Mack plans to start building DME-powered trucks in 2015. Related Links: Truck Quality Suffers From Cleaner Diesels Are Clean-Diesel Engine Rules Stifling Innovation? Add U.S. construction-company fleet managers to the list of possible beneficiaries of the growing national gas boom, but the payoff is at least two years away. Dimethyl ether, a diesel replacement product that can be made from a variety of chemical feedstocks, could power a new line of heavy-duty trucks due in 2015 from a Volvo North America and Mack Truck partnership.Natural gas will be the primary raw material used in dimethyl ether (DME)
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.