Over Seven Decades, 7,000 Have Been Natural Gas Trucks
Daimler Trucks North America is celebrating the production of its 3,000,000th vehicle, marking the milestone with delivery of a Freightliner Cascadia Evolution – diesel-fueled with a Detroit Diesel DD15 engine – at DTNA’s factory in Cleveland, N.C.
The company was founded in 1942 as Freightliner Corp when Leland James began manufacturing trucks in Portland, Oregon. It was acquired by Daimler-Benz in 1981.
“With its vast technological resources, Daimler-Benz helped Freightliner Trucks reach the top of the North American heavy-duty truck market by 1992,” states the 3-millionth truck release. “Today, DTNA is North America’s leading manufacturer of commercial vehicles, selling more than 140,000 commercial vehicles annually through its manufacturing network in the United States and Mexico.”
Natural Gas Truck Line Continues to Expand
Freightliner celebrated production of its 1,000th natural gas truck in late 2011 and as of today has manufactured more than 7,000.
Freightliner recently expanded its line-up of natural gas trucks by adding the 11.9-liter ISX12 G engine by Cummins Westport as an option for its 114SD (severe duty) vocational truck (F&F, July 29) – incidentally the first-ever Freightliner truck to be offered with natural gas power since its product launch, in 2011.
The over-the-road flagship Freightliner Cascadia is offered with CNG or LNG fuel as the Cascadia 113 NG with ISX12 G engine. Freightliner also offers the M2 112 Natural Gas, likewise with CNG or LNG, for regional distribution, pick up and delivery, food and beverage and utility use. It’s powered by the 8.9-liter Cummins Westport ISL G.
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Source: Daimler Trucks North America with Fleets & Fuels follow-up