Freightliner Trucks will make its Freightliner Cascadia® natural gas-powered tractors available with a 48-inch sleeper cab. The natural gas-powered Cascadia will also be available with factory-installed compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanks. Pre-series production on the Cascadia CNG sleeper will start Q4 2013, with full production launching in Q1 2014.
Equipped with the new Cummins Westport ISX12 G heavy-duty natural gas engine (with ratings up to 400hp and 1,450 lb-ft torque), the Cascadia natural gas tractor will feature a variety of fuel tank configurations, up to 190 diesel gallon equivalent (DGE) capacity for CNG, and up to 300 gallon (140 DGE) capacity LNG, with an anticipated fill-range of more than 800 miles. Having factory-installed fuel tanks gives customers the advantage of having a fully turn-key factory-built natural gas truck solution, with the Freightliner Trucks factory warranty.
“We have proven that natural gas can be a smart alternative to diesel for over-the-road applications, and our new Cascadia sleeper natural gas offering will give our customers a new opportunity to experience the savings and sustainability provided by alternative fuel solutions,” said Robert Carrick, sales manager – natural gas for Freightliner Trucks.
Factory-installed tanks will be available on the Cascadia 113-inch BBC CNG tractor in Q1 2014.