Late last month Freightliner Trucks introduced the option of ordering the Freightliner Cascadia 113-inch BBC day cab with natural gas technology. Freightliner Trucks has partnered with Cummins Westport to provide the new ISX12 G heavy-duty natural gas engine as a factory-installed, warranty-covered option. Production will begin on the Cascadia CNG ISX12 G beginning in Q1 2013.
“Pairing the already-efficient Cascadia day cab with the ISX12 G engine will result in one of the most productive trucks on the road today,” said Robert Carrick, vocational sales manager – natural gas, for Freightliner Trucks.
Ideal for regional haul, vocational and refuse applications, the 12-liter ISX12 G natural gas engine is based on the Cummins ISX12 diesel heavy-duty engine platform. The ISX12 G will operate exclusively on either compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG) and features ratings of 400 hp and 1,450 lb-ft torque, optional engine brake, and manual and automatic transmission capability.
A wider range of optional CNG fuel tank offerings will be available to address the desire for increased range with these vehicles, including up to 155 diesel gallon equivalent (DGE) CNG configurations, more than doubling the fuel capacity featured in previous product offerings.
“While the M2 112 chassis with ISL-G power has driven the natural gas vehicle industry to this point, this exciting new product will be the answer for customers who want to go further, faster, and conquer more mountainous terrain,” Carrick added.
In addition to reduced greenhouse gas emissions, natural gas fuel costs up to 60 percent less than diesel (based on current prices) without sacrificing power or performance.
Parent company Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has a combined sales figure of more than 3,800 natural gas vehicles across its brands. Of those, Freightliner Trucks has sold more than 1,300 trucks and tractors since 2008.
In February 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certified DTNA’s complete portfolio of model year 2013 on-highway, vocational, and medium duty vehicles as fully compliant with the new GHG14 regulations. DTNA claims to be the first and only commercial vehicle manufacturer to be certified as GHG14 compliant.
(This article primarily compiled using information from a Freightliner Trucks press release)