Volvo noted that Dimethyl ether (DME), which is a non-toxic, non-carcinogenic fuel that can be made from a variety of domestic, sustainable feedstocks, is currently used as a propellant in many household and cosmetic products.

According to the company, Volvo’s DME technology will be available in a Volvo D13 engine, which will be an addition to Volvo VNM and VNL models.

The commercialization of DME-powered vehicles is expected to begin in 2015.

Commenting on the initiative, Volvo Trucks North American Sales and Marketing president Goran Nyberg said DME technology will enable the company to contribute to both the customers and the environment.

"With the addition of DME-powered vehicles to our alternative fuel lineup, Volvo will offer the industry’s most comprehensive approach to the developing North American alternative fuel market," Nyberg added.