DeKalb County in the state of Georgia has ordered 24 Freightliner Business Class M2 112 compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks. The county will use the CNG trucks for sanitation and maintenance applications and will power them using its methane gas-to-energy process. The program, which was launched in 2011, converts landfill waste to useable natural gas (biomethane). By converting the waste to energy, DeKalb County produces enough electricity to run 2,500 homes and will produce enough natural gas to run 600 trucks.
“We take environmental responsibility very seriously, and we are very proud of all our green initiatives,” said Robert Gordon, fleet service superintendent, DeKalb County fleet management division.
To support the gas-to-energy program, DeKalb County is also building two fueling stations – enhancing the natural gas infrastructure for both passenger cars and trucks.
Designed for a broad range of regional haul and vocational applications, the Freightliner M2 112 CNG not only saves significantly on fuel costs, but is less harmful to the environment, with near-zero emissions.
The Freightliner M2 112 CNG is powered by the Cummins Westport ISL G 8.9 liter natural gas engine. Featuring a maintenance-free three way catalyst, and no diesel particulate filter or regeneration required, the ISL G also lowers overall cost of operations.
Freightliner Trucks’ commitment to green technologies is part of Daimler AG’s global Shaping Future Transportation initiative. Launched in 2007, the initiative focuses on reducing criteria pollutants, carbon dioxide and fuel consumption.
DeKalb County will take delivery of its new M2 112 CNG trucks in late 2011.
Freightliner Trucks is a division of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon.
(This article compiled using information from Freightliner Trucks press release)