Cascadia 113s Said First with CNG to Maximize Aerodynamics
In a deal nailed down at ACT Expo 2013 this past week, Florida’s Saddle Creek Transportation ordered ten Freightliner Cascadia 113 tractors with advanced tractor aerodynamics, new aerodynamic back-of-cab CNG cylinder arrays by Agility Fuel Systems, and Cummins Westport ISX12 G engines.
“We are finally combining technology to improve the fuel economy of traditional diesel powered vehicles with clean burning natural gas,” Saddle Creek president Mike DelBovo says in the dealer announcement. “Today is a significant milestone in the development of CNG-powered class 8 vehicles.”
The tractors feature the new aerodynamic, 120 diesel gallon equivalent back-of-cab CNG fuel cylinder array from Agility Fuel Systems, which takes maximum advantage of new boss-mounted 26-inch Type IV tanks from Hexagon Lincoln.
The Cascadia 113 tractors for Saddle Creek have an aerodynamics package similar to Freightliner’s “Evolution” enhancements for Detroit-Diesel-powered tractors.
Saddle Creek already operates compressed natural gas-fueled Freightliners. The firm started in autumn 2011, and doubled its fleet from 40 to 80 with an order for ISL G-powered M2 tractors one year ago (F&F, June 29, 2012). Saddle Creek currently operates 104 CNG-powered class 8 tractors in Florida and Georgia.
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Source: Fleets & Fuels at ACT Expo 2013 in Washington, D.C.