U.S. transportation company Central Freight Lines, Inc. has added 100 2014 Freightliner M2 112 compressed natural gas (CNG) tractors equipped with Cummins Westport ISL G natural gas engines to its fleet of more than 1,600 trucks. Headquartered in Waco, Texas, Central Freight Lines is a less-than-truckload (LTL) general commodities carrier nationally recognized as one of the safest carriers on the road today.
According to Don Orr, president and CEO, Central Freight Lines is partnering to build new CNG stations in Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio as a result of the decision to convert the fleet to CNG technology. Central Freight Lines also considered the opportunity to reduce dependency on foreign fuels and support a clean-air policy as it supplemented its current fleet with CNG.
Additionally, Central Freight Lines was able to take advantage of a Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP) program that gives participants the opportunity to trade a less-efficient truck towards a cost reduction on each new CNG-fueled truck purchased.
“We are committed to energy conservation and a cleaner environment,” said Orr. “In 2012, we purchased CNG tractors that have been servicing the Houston area with proven efficiencies. As a result, we decided to continue investing in CNG tractors, specifically Freightliner trucks because of their reliability and the company’s customer support.”
“Central Freight Lines wanted to lower its operating costs, while staying in line with its commitment to energy conservation and a cleaner environment,” said Robert Carrick, natural gas sales manager, Freightliner Trucks. “Freightliner Trucks leads the industry in developing alternative technologies to meet the demand for environmentally-friendly trucks that get the job done.”
In 2009, Freightliner teamed with Cummins Westport to develop the M2 112 Natural Gas, a vehicle designed for a broad range of applications.
Freightliner Trucks is a division of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon.
(Source: Freightliner Trucks)