The Cascadia 113 tractor from Freightliner Trucks will be available next year with the new Cummins Westport ISX12 G dedicated-natural gas engine as a factory-installed option.
The truck will be available with both back-of-cab and rail-mounted CNG fuel tank assemblies by Agility Fuel Systems, affording extra single-fill range.
In addition to the compressed natural gas fuel tank arrays, Agility is handling LNG-liquefied natural gas fuel tank assembles for Freightliner.
The Cascadia day cab adds to the Freightliner line-up of natural gas offerings, which includes the Freightliner Business Class M2 112 and the 114SD. The 114SD, which was introduced at ACT Expo last year and effectively takes the place of the vocational trucks formerly offered under the discontinued Sterling badge, is Freightliner’s first to be offered as a natural gas truck from its initial production run.
‘Further, Faster, Higher’
Freightliner parent Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) “leads the medium and heavy commercial vehicle market in the production of natural gas powered conventional vehicles with a combined sales figure of more than 3,800 natural gas vehicles across its brands,” states a release. “Of those, Freightliner Trucks has sold more than 1,300 trucks and tractors since 2008.”
“We’re continuing to provide our customers with environmentally friendly solutions that also benefit profitability,” natural gas vocational sales manager Bob Carrick says in the announcement. “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,” he said.
The 12-liter ISX12 G natural gas engine is based on the Cummins ISX12 diesel heavy-duty engine. It features ratings of 400 hp and 1,450 lb-ft torque, optional engine brake, and manual and automatic transmission capability.
“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 said.
Production of the Cascadia CNG ISX12 G will begin in the first quarter of 2013.
DTNA says that in February, the U.S. EPA certified its complete portfolio of model year 2013 on-highway, vocational, and medium duty vehicles as fully compliant with new GHG14 regulations. “DTNA is the first and only commercial vehicle manufacturer to be certified as GHG14 compliant,” the company said, adding, “DTNA’s commitment to green technologies is part of parent company Daimler AG’s global ‘Shaping Future Transportation’ initiative.
“The initiative is focused on reducing criteria pollutants, carbon dioxide and fuel consumption through the utilization of clean, efficient drive systems and alternative fuels.”
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