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Saddle Creek Adds 40 CNG Freightliners

June 29, 2012 in CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Freightliner Trucks gave word today that the Southeast U.S. trucker Saddle Creek has added 40 Freightliner Business Class M2 112 compressed natural gas tractors, doubling its fleet of Freightliner CNG trucks.

Saddle Creek is adding 40 more CNG-fueled Freightliners.

“Saddle Creek was very pleased with the level of customer service demonstrated by both our dealership, Tampa Truck Center, and by Freightliner,” Saddle Creek Transportation president Mike DelBovo said in Freightliner’s announcement.

“We have learned a lot from the first 40 trucks and are very excited about the next 40 as we continue to implement natural gas technology across our truckload operations in the southeast,” DelBovo said.

“Saddle Creek has demonstrated that natural gas is an environmentally-friendly option that also reduces fuel costs,” said Bob Carrick, Freightliner vocational sales manager for natural gas.

Clean Energy Fuels for Saddle Creek CNG

“We will continue to provide our customers with sustainable and innovative solutions,” he pledged.

Each of Saddle Creek’s tractors will be specially outfitted with a 140-gallon fuel system, allowing for an approximate range of 550 to 575 miles per day, depending on the application.

The CNG tank assemblies are from Agility Fuel Systems. The trucks are powered by the 8.9-liter Cummins Westport ISL G engine.

Clean Energy Fuels has a ten-year agreement with Saddle Creek to provide CNG fueling.

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