Production Shift to Ohio Means Series Output This Summer
Beleaguered Navistar International continues work on its new compressed natural gas trucks with Cummins Westport ISL G engines and CNG storage assemblies by Agility Fuel Systems. The company will produce a limited number of TranStar vehicles in March at the plant it is closing in Garland, Texas, then shift production to Springfield, Ohio for full CNG truck manufacturing effective this summer, says alternative fuels director Nadine Haupt.
The CNG TranStar for drayage, beverage and regional haul use was originally to have been available this past November, then in early 2013 (F&F, October 5).
“We’ve had delays in getting our first units built,” Haupt acknowledges.
The delays relate to Navistar International’s over-arching challenges in getting SCR (selective catalytic reduction) emission control equipment into production for its far larger diesel line.
Navistar has withdrawn the TranStar day cab from the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive at the Work Truck Show in early March in Indianapolis.
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